Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Commey: I've Always Been The Underdog In Every Sense Of The Word

From the moment his next opponent was decided, Richard Commey knew what to expect.

It seemingly doesn’t matter that he’s the defending titlist, or that he’s proven at this level. All eyes have been on his challenger, unbeaten Teofimo Lopez from the moment all signs pointed towards their lightweight title fight which takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The bout serves in supporting capacity to unbeaten pound-for-pound entrant Terence Crawford (35-0, 26KOs) in a mandatory welterweight title defense versus Lithuania’s Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17KOs), but it’s the lightweight scrap which most experts have pegged to steal the show—and one where oddsmakers have shown the reigning titlist little to no respect.

“I’ve always been the underdog in every sense of the word,” Commey (29-2, 27KOs) told ahead of the second defense of the 135-pound belt he claimed earlier this year. “Being from Ghana, you don’t get much help and you are always fighting for recognition and respect.

“The build-up to this fight is no different with the promotion giving the impression that Teofimo is the champion and I’m the challenger.”

richard-commey (9)

It was anticipated, as the fight takes place on an ESPN-televised show promoted by Top Rank, who signed Brooklyn’s Lopez (14-0, 11KOs) straight out of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Commey fights on a Top Rank show for his third straight bout, including his lightweight title-winning 2nd round knockout of Isa Chaniev this past February and one-sided 8th round stoppage of Rey Beltran in his most recent outing this past June.

He comes into the fight armed with a five-fight win streak while proudly represented by manager Michael Amoo-Bediako, Hall of Fame promoter Lou DiBella and high-powered adviser Keith Connolly.

What he’s still fighting for, apparently, is industry-wide respect. Oddsmakers have the defending champ as a betting underdog, with the media attention afforded his challenger suggestive that the 32-year old—who is now based out of The Bronx—is simply keeping the title warm for his upcoming opponent.

As one who always finds a way to flip a negative into a positive, the pre-fight build up and lack of respect merely serves as motivation for fight night.

“I think that’s the general public’s view (as a preordained champion) as the hype around Teofimo is massive,” acknowledges Commey. “But if you ask people who really know the sport, they know what’s coming.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Terrorbilly252 on 12-14-2019

Commey isn't a scrub habit a good chin and he comes to fight he does take alot of shots in his fights but I give him more credit and actually have em hanging or even beating teo most people dont…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 12-13-2019

Good fighter Comney. Strong. Power will last.

Comment by Griever0730 on 12-13-2019

Commey is a solid fighter with real power, but he's not as slick as Nakatani was. Unless he really finds a way to deal with his speed & test Lopez' chin, he's gonna get beat down

Top Headlines
Ra'eese Aleem Drops, Batters Victor Pasillas For TKO Win Euro News: Argumedo-Rojas For WBA Title, Sofiane Oumiha, More Ra'eese Aleem: A lot of Fighters in This Division Should Really Be on Notice Rolando Romero Drops, Stops Avery Sparrow in Seven Jake Paul's Trainer Expects Knockout in Three Rounds or Less in Upcoming Main Event Danny Roman: Fulton Proved He Belongs At Top Of 122, He Is Definitely In My Plans Pacquiao On McGregor Loss: Beautiful Thing About The Fight Game, Anything Can Happen Stephen Fulton Outworks Angelo Leo For WBO Title - BIG Gallery Devin Haney: I'll Fight Javier Fortuna Or Jorge Linares Next If Teofimo Ducks Me Conor McGregor: I'm Not Against Celebrity Boxing - If It Makes Dollars, It Makes Sense Paddy Donovan Has Return Pushed To February 19 Mayweather: McGregor Can't Even Win in His Sport and He's Talking Pacquiao! Carlos Diaz Beats Down, Stops Eleazar Valenzuela in Sixth Round Bellew Explains Why Joshua's Win Over Klitschko More Impressive Than Fury's Win Khabib Nurmagomedov Slams Conor McGregor After Knockout Loss Pierce O'Leary, Mark McKeown To Return on McGregor-Guerfi Card Dustin Poirier Blasts Out Conor McGregor in Two, Derails Pacquiao Fight Stephen Fulton Decisions Angelo Leo in Action-Fight, Wins WBO Title Angelo Leo vs. Stephen Fulton - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Ra'eese Aleem Drops Victor Pasillas Four Times, Stops Him in Eleventh Ra'eese Aleem, Victor Pasillas - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Rolando Romero Drops Avery Sparrow, Gets TKO Win in Seventh Rolando Romero vs. Avery Sparrow - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Sharone Carter Stuns McJoe Arroyo, Wins 8-Round Unanimous Decision Angelo Leo-Stephen Fulton: Stats and Stakes Stephen Fulton: My Power Is Underestimated; We'll See If Angelo Leo Can Take It Hector Flores Blasts Out Juan Carlos Parra in Fourth Round Fulton: Tramaine Williams Is Better Than Angelo Leo; Conditioning Wasn't Good Enough Romero: Marinez Fought Like A P-ssy; Didn't Try To Win; Everyone Can See That Vladimir Nikitin Battles Yerzhan Zalilov To Eight Round Draw Zhora Hamazaryan Shocks Dmitry Yun in Four Round Shoot-Out Angelo Leo: I Definitely See Myself Being a Multiple Time World Champion Ra'esse Aleem: I Would Love To Fight Akhmadaliev After I Get Pasillas Out The Way Stephen Fulton: Fight With Angelo Leo Underrated, We're Two Of Top Guys In Division One Of Three Judges Who Scored Romero-Marinez Will Work Romero-Sparrow Fight Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlos, Andrade, Sonny Liston, Pacquiao, More Pasillas: No Doubt, Fighting Another Undefeated Fighter Gives Me That Extra Push Andre Ward: I Can't Say I Was Surprised Kovalev Tested Positive For A PED Ellerbe: Romero Needs To Silence Critics, He Didn't Have Great Performance In Last Fight Pasillas: Everyone On My Team Understands My Goals - Go Straight Forward And Win Titles
Latest Forum Threads