Richard Commey’s promoter is sure Commey’s performance Saturday night against Jackson Marinez made him a viable opponent for any of the young, unbeaten, elite lightweights that he hasn’t fought.
Lou DiBella believes that the former IBF 135-pound champion can provide legitimate tests for Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia or Gervonta Davis if they’re not going to fight each other. Garcia and Haney could be headed toward respective fights against Javier Fortuna and Jorge Linares, but DiBella also is confident Commey would be a dangerous foe for an older former lightweight champion who is looking for an opponent.
“I always thought that Teofimo Lopez was a worse matchup for Commey than Lomachenko would be,” DiBella told BoxingScene.com. “I think Commey – a long, very aggressive guy with one-punch power, who’s bigger than Lomachenko – is a danger to Lomachenko. So, if you wanna make a real fight for Lomachenko, and it’s not gonna be Teofimo, put him in with Commey. That’s also a terrific fight.”
Ukraine’s Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) wants a rematch with Lopez, who beat the former WBA, WBC and WBO champion by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder October 17 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Brooklyn’s Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) isn’t interested in another fight with Lomachenko, who didn’t have a rematch clause in his contract, thus the three-division champion will have to consider other options for his return from that defeat.
Commey came back from his devastating, second-round knockout defeat to Lopez when he stopped Marinez in the sixth round of their scheduled 10-round main event at MGM Grand Conference Center. Ghana’s Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) dropped the Dominican Republic’s Marinez (19-2, 7 KOs) twice in the sixth round before referee Kenny Bayless waved an end to their fight.
DiBella hoped Commey would respond as well as he did from his loss to Lopez in December 2019, yet it was hard to be certain based on how Lopez stopped him.
Lopez clocked Commey with a right hand that quickly sent him to one knee, and then down again, in the second round of their fight for Commey’s IBF lightweight title 14 months ago. Commey continued, but referee David Fields stopped their scheduled 12-rounder soon thereafter because Lopez unloaded numerous unanswered power punches on Commey.
Commey had some difficulty dealing with Marinez early in their bout, but his power eventually overwhelmed Marinez.
“I thought it was sensational, but I thought he was capable of it,” DiBella said. “But you know what? When a guy was knocked out the way Commey was, you don’t know that he’s gonna react that way. To be honest, it doesn’t happen that often. It happened with Lennox Lewis. There are others. There are people who just got caught flush and then came back and did OK. But it’s more rare than it is common. I mean, [Marinez] was a top-10 guy. That guy clearly beat Rolly Romero [a controversial loss in Marinez’s previous fight]. That was a top-10 guy that Richard just demolished. I was very impressed.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.