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Sports News of Monday, 5 August 2019

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Lopez to withdraw from Commey fight?

American boxer, Teofimo Lopez, has dropped hints that he can opt out of his upcoming mandatory clash with International Boxing Federation lightweight champion, Richard Oblitey Commey, for what he describes as mental instability.
Lopez has stated that he will not rush into a fight with Commey until his mind has cleared on recent happenings in his family, which he claimed led to his poor showing against Masayoshi Nakatani in their IBF title eliminator on July 21.

The hard-hitting American recorded a unanimous decision victory over Nakatani but was criticised for his poor performance against a relatively unknown Japanese opponent.

The 22-year-old undefeated boxer revealed that there were issues about his recent marriage as some of his family members had embraced his wife with open arms.

Lopez noted that he was confident he would defeat both Commey and Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko who holds the WBA and WBO titles in order to sweep all four world titles with a clear mind but was ready to avoid them should the issues persist.

“If we don’t sort these things out, there won’t be a fight between myself and Richard Commey,” Lopez told Max Kellerman on ESPN2’s Max on Boxing in an interview.

“I have to regroup within myself. I can beat all these guys, impressively and without any flaws in the ring. But if Teofimo is not happy when he is in the ring, then those are the problems that—the only person that can beat me is me.

“Of course it’s only going to get harder. The competition gets tougher. I will fight again but not until everything is organised again and back at ground one,” he added.

Lopez, who is expected to challenge Ghana’s Commey for his crown by the end of the year, could delay the fight until next year as he looks to clear his mind before making his ring return.

Commey has stated his preparedness to ensure he makes a successful second title defence against Teofimo Lopez with a promise to silence the tough-talking pugilist.

The turn of events could witness the 32-year-old Ghanaian preparing to face a different opponent by the close of the year as he is obliged to make his next defence by November.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Streetwise Management, Michael Amoo-Bediako, who manages Commey has given the assurance that his fighter will be ready to defend his title in November irrespective of any decision taken by Lopez.

He noted that the decision to opt out of the fight could only be determined by the IBF and not Lopez, and that his outfit would be keen to take a decision in the interest of Commey.

“The decision to opt out of the fight is not his and can only be determined by the IBF. As it stands now, I can assure you that Commey will definitely fight in November irrespective of any decision by Lopez,” Amoo-Bediako said.