Issue | Premium | Reports | Jul 01 2019

Richard Commey takes out Beltran to set up Teofimo Lopez world title clash

Ray Beltran’s overweight but Richard Commey hammers him anyway, writes Jack Hirsch
Richard Commey
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Temecula • June 28

IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey was playing with house money. Win or lose he was going to leave the ring at the Pechanga Resort & Casino (Top Rank promoted) with his title intact.

It could have resulted in an indifferent performance, but to his credit the man from Accra, Ghana, fought the fight of his life in stopping former WBO champion Ray Beltran at 54 seconds of the eighth round of their 12.

The 1.8lbs by which Beltran came in over the 135lbs limit resulted in his having to forgo 20 per cent of his 200K purse, to be split between Commey and the California commission.