Richard Commey Says “No Way” He Will Lose to Teofimo Lopez

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In one of the most highly-anticipated fights to end 2019, Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KOs) defends his IBF Lightweight title on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against a young man many believe will be a future star in boxing.

Or believed.

Everyone was hollering “The Takeover” until Teofimo Lopez’s last bout against Masayoshi Nakatani, where he faced some adversity and showed that he is in fact mortal.

But that’s boxing. One minute, everyone is claiming you’re the best and the next they’re saying that a tough fight means you got exposed.

Although Commey would be foolish to believe that Lopez displayed his best against Nakatani, he does seem confident and can’t see himself losing.

“How many boxers have come from Ghana with a chance to fight in {The Garden} in the co-main event,” said Commey earlier this week during a media workout. “God bless us, and I’m ready to retain my title. There is no way I’m going to lose.”

Commey is a tough and worthy champion, but Lopez–on his best day–is certainly a difficult outing for anyone in the division.

If all goes to plan, the winner of Commey-Lopez will have a the privilege of trying to unify the division against pound-for-pound champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko, in 2020.

Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez Promist Fight of the Year


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