Sports activities News of Friday, 17 May 2019
For a difficult-luck lightweight who was thought of unfortunate to get rid of out on a big payday earlier this 12 months, factors certain appear to be to be abruptly heading Richard Commey’s way.
The not long ago topped light-weight titlist is all established for his to start with defense, as a forthcoming showdown with former title claimant Raymundo Beltran is all but finalized. At the time all get-togethers signal off, the fight will headline the June 28 version of Major Rank Boxing on ESPN reside from Pechanga Vacation resort & On line casino in Temecula, Calif.
“I experience that Richard is the very best light-weight in the environment so it was essential for Richard to have that marquee name on his resume,” Michael Amoo-Bediako, Commey’s longtime manager explained to BoxingScene.com in securing Beltran as his very first title challenger. “It needed to be (an opponent) that would generate Richard some regard and reliability. Also, a person who would also give Richard a stern check to present all people what an thrilling fighter he is.”
Beltran (36-8-1, 22KOs) definitely checks off all the packing containers, as he is not often in a poor combat. The previous light-weight titlist from Mexico—who turns 38 in July—rebounded from his title conceding determination defeat to Jose Pedraza final summertime with a 9th spherical knockout of Hiroki Okada this past February in what was supposed to start a operate for a title at 140 pounds.
As a substitute, the veteran boxer was redrafted by the light-weight division to challenge Commey (28-2, 25KOs) who somehow stays in line to drastically revenue from his recent title win inspite of getting rid of out on a main possibility before this 12 months.
Commey received the title in dominant trend, knocking out Isa Chaniev in the 2nd round of their ESPN-televised affair this past February in Frisco, Texas. Heading into the bout, the now 32-year aged Ghanaian boxer was promised—with a win—a crack at pound-for-pound entrant and reigning unified light-weight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Their bout was owing to leading an April 12 ESPN+ livestream. Nonetheless, a knuckle harm endured by Commey in his aforementioned title successful energy put him on the sidelines just very long sufficient to eliminate out on what would have been a vocation-large payday. Lomachenko went on to confront necessary challenger and previous lightweight titlist Anthony Crolla, thrashing the Brit in 4 miserably one particular-sided rounds.
The excellent information for Commey is that such a fight is quite substantially in engage in, whilst now as a substitute presented as the pot of gold at the conclusion of the rainbow.
Corridor of Fame promoter Bob Arum—whose Leading Rank retains solutions on Commey, whom is promoted by Lou DiBella—has now outlined a total plan that calls for the new titlist to experience Beltran in June, followed by the winner of a July 19 title eliminator involving Teofimo Lopez and Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani.
From there, the final man standing will be in line to face the winner of a a few-belt title combat involving Lomachenko and Luke Campbell, with their battle of Olympic Gold medalists becoming eyed for late August or early September in Campbell’s hometown of Hull, England.
Possessing to go the scenic route to get to Lomachenko is not at all relating to to Commey, who is merely eager to establish his put atop the lightweight division.
“As you know Richard was supposed to struggle Lomachenko on April 12th but he bought wounded in the Chaniev battle,” Amoo-Bediako notes. “As quickly as we got the all very clear from the medical doctors Richard was keen to struggle as soon as attainable.
“Richard is a entire world champion he wants to have the option to present everybody how fantastic he is. The lightweight division is buzzing right now and he is keen to place himself at the best of the listing.”