Sometimes the humble beginning of someone determines his or her future, especially athletes.
The aforementioned statement on most occasions, has been attributed to athletes who are making good use of the talent God has given them.
When it comes to Ghana, one athlete who has a humble beginning but is now known all over the world is Richard Oblitey Commey.
Commey is a professional boxer and he is currently one of the most sought-after lightweight boxers in the world.
Despite the fame, Commey has been helping his mother to sell kenkey in Bukom.
The James-Town native before becoming a professional boxer, was a footballer as he played for a juvenile football club, Cedabs.
Football wasn’t working and the ever-determined Commey moved into kickboxing. He carved a niche for himself in that combat sport where he was fighting in Dubai.
“I always thought growing up I would be a footballer, but I ended up returning to Ghana to pursue boxing.”
Commey then moved into the boxing, and that decision has really paid off.
Since moving into boxing, he has won major world titles (IBF international lightweight belt, Commonwealth title and African Boxing Union title.)
The Ghanaian secured his first world title shot in September 2016 against Robert Easter Jnr. for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) world lightweight strap, but the Ghanaian lost via a disputed decision.
“It was my first world title shot and I gave my all but at the end ,the decision didn’t favour me,” Commey told YEN.com.gh.
He has however been handed another opportunity to annex the world title on February 2, 2019.
Commey will be battling Russia’s Isa Chaniev for the vacant IBF lightweight belt and his Ghanaian-born UK manager, Michael Amoo-Bediako is confident of his protégé’s chances.
“Commey is one of the most feared lightweight boxers in the world, he fought for his world title in 2016 but the decision didn’t go our way,”Amoo-Bediako told YEN.com.gh ahead of the fight.
“He has the skills to tame Chanviev. Commey is definitely going to be a world champion.”
Commey was formerly trained by Carl Lokko but after relocating to the United States of America (USA), last year, he now trains with Andre Rozier.
The 31-year-old pugilist has opened up about his relationship with the New York-based trainer.
“Andre Rozier has been a blessing in my life," he told Boxingmonthly.com."He is like a father to all of us. We are all a family in the gym. It’s a unique atmosphere and a special little place which consistently produces humble champions.
“On 2 February you will see an explosive Richard Commey become world lightweight champion. No doubt. I will achieve my destiny in Texas and it will be exciting to witness. Do not miss it!”
With respect to the upcoming fight against Chanviev, Commey says his aim is to become a world champion.
“My aim from day one is to become a world champion, I can’t take anything away from Chaniev, he is a good boxer but I will be victorious on February 2.”
“I want to thank by manager Amoo-Bediako, my promoter Lou Dibella and all Ghanaians for their support. I will definitely return to Ghana with the title.”
Should Commey win the belt, he will becomes Ghana’s ninth world champion after DK. Poison, Azumah Nelson, Nana Yaw Konadu, Ike Quartey, Alfred Kotey, Joseph Agbeko, Joshua Clottey and Isaac Dogboe.
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