Ghana’s Richard Commey will come up against Teofimo Lopez on Saturday when he defends his International Boxing Federation lightweight (IBF) world title on Saturday.
Having lost the IBF lightweight title to Robert Easter Jr via split decision in 2016, the 32-year-old Orthodox boxer claimed his first world title with a second-round knockout against Isa Chaniev in February 2019.
He went on to defeat veteran Ray Beltran four months later in an 8th round TKO, falling the Mexican four times in the process.
Oblitey Commey (29-2, 26 KOs) will now come up against Honduran-American boxer, Teofimo Andreas Lopez who remains upbeat about claiming the title from the Ghanaian.
Lopez has been speaking to Yahoo!Sports ahead of Saturday showdown.
“This is a big deal in my life, something I’ve wanted for a long time, ”
“It’s been a growing year. I’ve done a lot, accomplished a lot, and I put myself into position to make my dreams come true. That can’t be a bad year. That’s not a hard year. That’s a dream year for some people.
“For me, I know a lot is expected. I showed a lot right away and I created a lot of expectations. That’s good because when you do that, it means things are going right. But there are ups and downs in every sport but you have to learn to deal with them as best you can. I feel like I have learned a lot this year that will make me a lot better going forward”, Lopez added.
Commey meanwhile has refused to be drawn into any hype surrounding Teofimo Lopez, widely tipped as the next big thing since Floyd Mayweather retired.
Lopez is undefeated in fourteen professional bouts, winning eleven times by way of technical knockout. He was last fight was against Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani who defeated via unanimous decision in July 2019.
The bout is scheduled for the Madison Square Gardens in New York City.