The highly competitive bout saw the Ghanaian boxer putting up a good performance and showed great promise by matching his counterpart in front of the home crowd who had thrown their weight behind Robert Easter throughout the 12 rounds.
Easter (17-0,14 KO’s) also threw some few decent punches at the Ghanaian who had dominated the entire second half of the bout despite a slow start in the early stages.
After 12 rounds of fears action the judges scored the bout (115-112E, 114-113C, 114-113E) in favor of Robert Easter Jr.
“This fight wasn't easy at all,” Easter said. “We knew it wasn't going to be easy. Richard Commey is a tough, tough competitor. He made me fight each and every round, but we did it.
” … I want more straps. I want more belts. This is huge for my city. It means a lot. It's bigger than me. I wanted to give them something to believe in.
“All this hard work we had to put in for this fight, we had to dig in deep. I did this for my city and Toledo came out for me tonight.”
Commey, fighting on U.S. television for the first time, improved his stock in defeat. The 29-year-old had never faced an opponent of note before, but proved on this night he can hang with the best.
He marched forward all fight and brought the action, traits that should help secure him a meaningful bout in the near future. Naturally, he wants the rematch, and the close result and entertainment value offered merit a return encounter.
“I feel like I won this fight,” Commey said. “I did everything that I could. I landed the more accurate shots. I come from very far and it's hard to win here versus an American. I deserve a rematch.
“I was very devastated when I heard the scores. I knew it was a close fight. He went down and I didn't.
“I want to be a world champion. Even if he doesn't want to fight me, I want another opportunity. I can fight at the highest level in the world. We worked so hard to get to this stage. I want to stay at this level. I'll keep improving.”
The lightweight division is rejuvenated with Easter, Commey and stalwarts that include Mikey Garcia, Dejan Zlaticanin, Anthony Crolla, Jorge Linares and Terry Flanagan.
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight world title was occupied by Cuban Rances Barthelemy who vacated the belt in order to move up in weight.
Some top Ghanaian boxing official including the President of the Ghana Boxing Authority, Peter Zwennnes claimed Commey was robbed because he did everything to win.