Richard Commey Taking Loss in Stride
Ahead of his fifth title defense with Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez (15-0, 12 KO’s), IBF world lightweight Richard “RC” Commey (29-3, 26 KO’s) was full of confidence. This was in spite of the heavy-handed push that the media was placing behind Lopez. Used to being issued second billing, RC was faithful in his own skills and the support of his Ghanaian homeland.
Unfortunately for Commey, his countrymen and fans, he met a swift and grisly defeat at the hands of El Brooklyn. In a slim two rounds, Lopez was able to first floor, then force the stoppage of RC. Directly after the prizefight, each combatant displayed a great deal of admirable sportsmanship. This show of class and good cheer was maintained by Commey well after they left the ring.
Obviously the former champion is disappointed by the emphatic loss. However, he remains in relatively good spirts and is not letting the defeat shake his confidence. Commey insisted in an interview with IFL TV that he would once again become a world champion. Given his high level of skill and commitment to the sport, there is no reason to doubt RC’s words.
It will be interesting to see who Commey faces next in the ring and how much ground he can recover in the upcoming year of 2020.
“It was definitely disappointing, but it is what it is. Things happen for a reason, so I think it was fate…Teofimo did great, we do what we got to do, he got his shot and capitalize on it. Fair enough for him and he did great. He went in there with the best and we give our hearts, you know. We did everything and give what the fans want. Champions do come back and I’m definitely going to come back strong and become a two-time world champion.”
By: Bakari Simpson