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Sports News of Monday, 24 June 2019


Richard Commey eyes big win against Mexico’s Beltran

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Ghana’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion, Richard Oblitey Commey, says he is on the path to becoming an elite fighter as he looks forward to demolishing Mexico’s Raymundo Beltran at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California, on Saturday.

Commey, who became Ghana’s tenth world champion after destroying Russia’s Isa Chaniev on February 2, expressed his desire to show his improvement under the tutelage of his trainer, Andre Rozier, against Beltran by winning big on the night.

The 31-year-old Ghanaian described his first title defence training camp as perfect and explained that it would be instrumental in his desire to ensure an emphatic victory on Saturday night.

Commey (28-2, 25 KOs), could land himself a big payday against WBA and WBO lightweight titlist, Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, should he successfully defend his crown against Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KOs) in their Top Rank headlined card.

However, that opportunity to slug it out against Lomachenko will be based on how the Ukrainian fares against the winner of Teofimo Lopez-Masayoshi Nakatani on July 19.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, Commey said: “My camp has been perfect so far and I have to give credit to Andre Rozier and the entire team for my transformation”.

“We’ve worked as hard as ever and improvements are really starting to show. I feel I am taking the steps I need to become an elite fighter,” he added.

The Ghanaian has gone undefeated in three bouts since announcing Andre Rozier as his new trainer, with the likes of Alejandro Luna, Yardley Cruz and Isa Chaniev going down in the process.

Raymundo Beltran, on the other hand, will be hoping to build up on his victory over Hiroki Okada in his last fight since losing his WBO lightweight crown to Jose Pedraza in August last year.

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