We’ll see a rematch between Jose Pedraza and Richard Commey, two past champions,
On December 1st, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, former lightweight champion Richard Commey will make his junior welterweight debut against former two-weight world champion Jose Pedraza.
Former IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey is happy to start over after losing to Vasiliy Lomachenko by unanimous decision earlier this year. Commey lost the championship to Teofimo Lopez.
“I am really looking forward to this fight, it’s an opportunity for one of us to make a big statement in the 140-pound division,” Commey (30-4, 27 knockouts) told The Ring.
“It is a deep division, but so was lightweight. That doesn’t worry me. If you want to be the best, you have to challenge the best. I have been competing at lightweight all my career – over 11 years now. My team and I feel this is the right time to step up in weight and try to become a two-weight world champion.”
“I have the upmost respect for Pedraza, not only as a fighter but as a human being,” said Commey. “He conducts himself very well and I’ve never seen or heard him being disrespectful to anyone.
“I look forward to sharing the ring with him. He is a very good technician and has a very high boxing IQ, so I will have to bring my ‘A’ game to be victorious. I do believe we will give the fans a treat and I can’t wait.”
“I felt that he achieved everything he could at lightweight,” said Amoo-Bediako. “[He was] a world champion and headlined shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden.
“now was the right time to move up and try to become two-weight world champion. I know how much it meant to Richard being a world champion – not just him, but for his people back home in Ghana. He wants to do that again to make them proud.”
This inspired him to go up to the lightweight division, where he won the WBO title by unanimous decision over Ray Beltran. He quickly engaged his WBA opponent, Vasiliy Lomachenko, in a unification bout, but he was ultimately defeated by a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. The now 33-year-old fighter went up to the heavier weight class of 140 pounds, where he competed well despite suffering defeats at the hands of Jose Zepeda (UD 10) and Jose Ramirez (UD 12).
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