- Richard Commey will be making a return to the ring on December 14, 2019
- He will be putting his IBF World lightweight belt on the line against Teofimo Lopez
- It will be Commey's second defense of his belt
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Ghana’s Richard Commey will be returning to the ring on Saturday, December 14, 2019
Commey will be making his second defense of his IBF World lightweight belt against America’s Teofimo Lopez.
The fight has been billed to come off at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York.
The upcoming clash will be Commey’s second defense of the strap after a making a successful first defense against former beltholder Ray Beltran on June 29, 2019.
Commey vs Lopez will be a co-feature for the main bout between Terence Crawford and Egidijus Kavaliauskas.
The card is been promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment and MTK Global.
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Ahead of the fight, Commey said, "I'm very excited to fight at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, in my second world title defense against Teofimo Lopez”.
“My lifelong dream of becoming a world champion became a reality through many years of hard work in my homeland of Ghana through the UK, Europe and finally in the United States. I want to thank everyone on my team for making this possible. On December 14, I will put on another spectacular performance in defending my world title for my fans in the arena and those watching on ESPN and around the world."
Lopez had this to say, “I’m finally back at Madison Square Garden, the place where I always wanted to win my first world title,” Lopez said. “I believe this fight will shut up all of the critics and prove to everyone that I back up my talking in the ring. I respect Commey as a champion, but when we’re in that ring, it’s going to be lights out for him. Come December 14, I am officially taking over the lightweight division.”
YEN.com.gh previously reported how Commey (29-2, 24 KOs) became Ghana’s ninth world champion after beating Isa Chaniev.
Commey stopped Chaniev on February 2, 2019, in Frisco, Texas with a devastating second-round TKO.
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