Ghana’s Commey closing in on IBF title defence

The fight will be Commey’s first title defence since winning the IBF belt in February.
Ghana's Commey closing in on IBF title defence

Ghana’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion, Richard Commey, is close to finalising a deal to fight Mexico’s Ray Beltran on June 28.

The fight will be Commey’s first title defence since winning the IBF belt in February.

The winner of Commey-Beltran bout would be obligated to face the winner of the July 19 world title eliminator between Teofimo Lopez and Masayoshi Nakatani.

Commey, with (28-2) and a total of 25 knockouts, has been searching for an opponent to mark his first title defence, having been declared fit from a hand injury that ruined a planned unification bout against WBA and WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko. Lomachenko will instead face Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC title.

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Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KOs) on the other hand made his super lightweight debut in February with an impressive stoppage victory over Hiroki Okada after losing his WBO crown to Jose Pedraza last August.


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