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29.08.2019 Boxing

Richard Commey To Defend IBF Title Against Teofimo Lopez On December 14

By Sammy Heywood Okine
Richard Commey To Defend IBF Title Against Teofimo Lopez On December 14
LISTEN AUG 29, 2019

Ghana’s IBF Lightweight champion, Richard Commey will defend his title against Teofimo Lopez, the Honduras American in New York on December 14 at the Madison Square Garden.

Commey who has to make a mandatory defence was ordered by the IBF earlier this month.

The announcement said that the boxers and their teams had to sit and negotiate terms by a September 7 deadline.

According to boxingscene.com, the two camps are said to have strongly hinted at the December 14 date and it is very possible that the date will stand.

Lopez became the top contender for Commey’s belt after he defeated Masayoshi Takatani in July via the judges cards and now, if negotiations work out well, he will get a shot at trying to win the belt after openly stating his wish to become the division’s new champion and go after Vasyl Lomachenko for his WBA and WBO belts in a bid to unify the crowns.

The bout, should it be arranged, will be part of ESPN’s broadcast of the Terence Crawford vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas bout.

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