Ghana’s latest world champion, Richard Oblitey Commey has told Kasapa Sports that he earned his title by dint of “hard work and determination”.
Commey delivered a masterful performance to beat Russian Isa Chaniev to become the new IBF Lightweight World Champion Sunday dawn.
A left hand by Commey blasted Chaniev, 26, early in Round 2 to produce a second knockdown. Moments later, Commey, 31, pounced and banged the Russian with a left uppercut, right-hand combination that ended matters.
Commey’s only two pro defeats both came in 2016, and many media members believed he deserved the nod in each fight. First, he dropped a split decision to Robert Easter in his only other bid for a title. Next up was Denis Shafikov, who outpointed him in the same manner.
Lomachenko is rated No. 1 by The Ring pound-for-pound, but he’s best suited for 126 pounds. Commey, a physical specimen, will enjoy a considerable size advantage. It’s shaping up as a tough challenge for the two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Commey in an exclusive interview Kasapa Sports said: “I won this title through hard work and determination because the kind of training here is not a joke, it got to a point I realized that staying in Ghana would not help so I had to relocate and my decision has paid off”.
“For now, my management team is working hard on my next step in my career so I won’t talk about my next opponent I would like to sit back and enjoy my world title,” he told Adam Adjei.