IBF purse bid ordered for Garcia vs Commey
Previously on 3kingsboxing, it was reported that undefeated IBF champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) was mandated to face Richard Commey (27-2, 24 KOs). We now have an update on where in the process that fight is.
Per the IBF, a deal must be in place by August 30th. Otherwise, the fight will go to purse bid on September 25th.
Garcia inherited this situation with his victory over then-champion Robert Easter Jr. Easter had a mandatory defense in place with Commey prior to his defeat.
The 30 year old Californian is enjoying a turn at free agency. He has been entertaining offers from Eddie Hearn, as well as looking for big money fights; even hinting about a possible match-up with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence.
Commey once fought for the IBF lightweight crown, but lost by split decision to Easter Jr. Then, he would lose another close decision to Denis Shafikov. In both contests, many pundits feel a case can be made his hand should have been raised.
The 31 year old Ghana fighter would fight his way back into title contention by going on a three-fight win streak that included an impressive knockout victory over then-undefeated Alejandro Luna.
However, it was his knockout victory over Yardley Armenta Cruz that earned him the mandatory position.
Mikey Garcia has held world titles by the WBO, WBC and IBF. His last four opponents have a combined record of 89-2.
Richard Commey has held the British Commonwealth lightweight championship and the IBF Inter-Continental lightweight title. Also, he is the current WBC International Silver lightweight champion.
If the fight gets made, Commey will have the edge in height, reach and power. Garcia’s edge will be in experience and ring IQ.
Its unclear what will happen next, but one thing is for certain. Commey has been hungry to be a world champion, while Gracia is exploring all available options.
3kingsboxing will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they materialize.
By: Garrisson Bland