It’s been a long time since Richard Commey hoisted a world title over his shoulders, roughly four years to be exact. In the immediate aftermath of his transient championship reign, Commey’s career has taken a drastic turn.
After scoring a highlight-reel-worthy knockout over Jackson Marinez in February of 2021, Commey came up woefully short against Vasiliy Lomachenko just a few months later. The prideful former champion would then take nearly a year off before returning to the ring vs. Jose Pedraza.
Ultimately, despite starting strong, Commey (30-4-1, 27 KOs) faded during the second half, resulting in a split decision draw. Forced to sulk just a bit longer in his recent run of misfortune, the now 36-year-old is looking to right the ship against former 140-pound unified champion, Jose Ramirez, this Saturday night.
Although his form isn’t ideal, the now 36-year-old is still sporting an indelible smile as his showdown against Ramirez draws near.
“I’m always excited to get back in the ring,” said Commey during a press conference. “This is what I do. It’s going to be an interesting fight on Saturday."
While he admits that his recent track record has left him ambivalent, Commey knows good and well that this isn’t an opportunity he wants to waste. Though it may not come across as pragmatic, Commey’s championship thirst is far from quenched.
Ramirez, after losing both his WBC and WBO titles to Josh Taylor in 2021, rebounded nicely last year, winning a fairly close unanimous decision vs. Pedraza. From Commey’s point of view, winning a showdown against one of the division’s elite would prove to the rest of the world that he’s far from done.
So, with what he describes as a full gas tank, Commey publicizes that a newfound hunger is pushing him like never before.
“I really want to become a two-time world champion, so I’m coming strong this Saturday.”
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