MSG has been and will be on a solid run, with shows in the Theater (topped by the Devin Haney win, and the rock-solid Amanda Serrano vs Heather Hardy scrap on Sept. 13), to be followed by October 5th’s Gennadiy Golovkin topped event. Then, to cap the year, Top Rank comes to town, with a Terence Crawford-topped slate.
Underneath the Crawford feature, IBF 135 pound champ Richard Comey (age 32; 29-2 record) will defend his strap, on December 14.
Many fans are thinking he’s the underdog, in against the young gun rumbler Teofimo Lopez, who’d rung up a string of flashy KOs. But Michael Amoo-Bediako, who steers Commey, from Ghana, along with Keith Connolly, told NYF this is how he and his team are feeling about Commey vs Lopez:
“Confident,” the manager said. “Yes, hopefully after Richard wins he gets the much needed respect he deserves,” he continued. “I feel in a stacked lightweight division so many others get plaudits while Richard is overlooked but he has had to work the hardest to get where he is, often as the B side and coming back from losing a world title, he deserves a lot of credit!”
Commey won the bauble when he downed Isa Chaniev in February. He bounced back from a loss to Robert Easter in 2016, and Denis Shafikov, right after that. Both were SDs; then, he regrouped and has been on a stellar run.
The manager is thinking that young Mr Lopez will be shown that there are levels to this thing, and on Dec. 14, will taste from the bitter chalice marked “L.” Trainer Andre Rozier, who has Commey in his gym getting tutoring, also believes the Ghanian hitter will prove doubters wrong.
“Richard has seen it, done it and wears the t-shirt, can’t say the same about these young pretenders,” he declared.
Lopez, meanwhile, has been enjoying life as a newlywed, while trying to get family issues stabilized. Promoter Arum said 10 days ago that he’s checked in with Team Lopez, and camp is copasetic.
Top Rank promotes the show, with an assist from Lou DiBella, who promotes Commey, for the record. As per usual, with Top Rank shows, ESPN will platform.