Teofimo Lopez has the tools to beat Richard Commey!
On December 14, Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez (14-0, 11 KO’s) will face his stiffest professional test to date in IBF world lightweight champion Richard “RC” Commey (29-2, 26 KO’s).
The two will wage war on the Terence Crawford versus Egidijus Kavaliauskas fight card that will air live on ESPN. The highly anticipated bout will serve as Lopez’ first attempt for a world title.
In the other corner, Commey will be gunning for his second successful defense.
During his relatively swift rise to notoriety, and title contention, Lopez has garnered a great deal of attention. The native Brooklynite was able to snag all the beneficial limelight by putting together a string of devastatingly flashy knockouts.
Coupled with his Fortnite themed celebration dances, Lopez was always eager to talk the talk for the cameras.
“I’m excited. It’s a great fight, great opportunity for myself and for my team man. We fought our way to become mandatory to where they can’t pick and choose who they fight and that’s what we doing man.
“Richard Commey, IBF lightweight world title, it’s going to be a great, explosive and entertaining and very interesting fight.”
BUMPS ON THE ROAD
This total package of in-ring domination and out-of-the-ring bravado was ample substance to merit popular opinion that he has the goods.
Everything was moving in the correct direction for Lopez until his last bout with his 5’11 Japanese foe Masayoshi Nakatani. Ultimately, Lopez would secure a unanimous decision, but not before struggling mightily to do so.
After witnessing him toil so seriously with Nakatani, a new crop of doubts were planted in the minds of boxing fans. Overnight, a large segment of his supporters suddenly were much more hesitant in anointing him the next big thing.
Lopez would take some time to clear his mind after the bout and refocus himself on boxing. Now, the hard-hitting Brooklyn native insists that he is ready to become a champion. Not only does he believe he will defeat Commey, he is adamant that he will do so in style.
“That’s the thing, there are so many things going on that night, in that squared-circle that many people are going to find out.
“Who’s the hardest hitter at 135? Who is the smartest fighter is? Who has the most ring IQ in there, and such and such, and that is when I get to shine more.
“I actually get to pull out all the tools and pull all the tricks out my sleeve and go and show the whole world what Teofimo is known to do.”
Looking at the offensively aggressive styles of the two fighters, it’s hard to envision anything but a pleasantly violent clash.
The true mystery of the moment will be whether Lopez can truly hold his own in the upper echelons of the lightweight talent pool. Regardless of what the final outcome is, this will be one exciting examination to behold!
3kingsboxing will continue to provide coverage on this upcoming title fight.
By: Bakari Simpson