Ghana’s Richard Commey lost his IBF Lightweight title following a second round obliteration suffered at the hands of Teofimo Lopez at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
A minute into the second round, Richard Commey was caught by a powerful right hook which sent him to the canvass, struggling to get back on his feet almost immediately. Commey regained his composure but the damage had alread been done as he walked into a flurry of punches. After what was a rather quick assessment, the referee stopped the fight in the second round, declaring the American Teofimo Lopez as winner via a second round knockout.
Commey who had spoken of the pride in representing his people with a good show, put up a good fight as he went toe to toe with the American in the first round, holding his own against Teofimo Lopez.
However it was Teofimo Lopez who took control of the bout with a powerful right hook that would prove to be the sucker punch, sending Commey to his knees and struggling to get up.
He managed to beat the referees count only to be finished by some powerful, accurate punches from Teofimo Lopez who proved why he was undefeated in 14 fights, 11 of which he won through knockouts. Lopez landed 31 out of the 35 punches he threw on the night.
The victory puts Lopez in the frame for a unification bout against Vasyl Lomachenko who has unified the WBA (Super), WBO and the WBC’s newly created Franchise titles.
Richard Commey now faces a herculean task of earning enough points to position himself as a contender for any of the world titles in the Lightweight division as fresh queries over the trend of Ghanaian boxers losing world titles emerge.