Is Richard Commey Ready for a Rematch With Teofimo Lopez?

Published 02/14/2021, 9:01 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


Former lightweight champion, Richard Commey, made a huge statement to the lightweight division on Saturday. The 33-year-old beat Jackson Marinez with a stunning knockout to get back to winning ways. So is he ready for a rematch with Teofimo Lopez?

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Lopez is the new lightweight king holding all the belts in the division. However, before his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, the undefeated champion had beaten Commey to get his first taste of a world title.

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That fight was in 2019, and Commey was out of the ring until Saturday night. The powerful Ghanaian showed no sign of ring-rust as he dismantled Marinez with a sixth-round knockout. He exhibited the ferocious power and lightning-quick speed that he is renowned for.

Lopez is at a tricky point in his career. As the champion, he has the pick of opponents; however, he also has to fulfill various mandatory obligations. Therefore, despite several rumors, ‘The Takeover’ doesn’t have an opponent.

Although Commey produced a sublime performance, we still feel he is not at the level of Lopez. Therefore, a Commey-Lopez rematch makes no sense.

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What separates Teofimo Lopez from Richard Commey?

Although the Ghanaian showed improvement in his comeback fight, the American is still ahead of him in terms of skill. This is because Lopez has also improved leaps and bounds since their last fight.

When the pair boxed for the first time in 2019, Lopez knocked out Commey in the second round. It was a comfortable victory, which showed how much better Lopez was at that time itself. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 14: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after his TKO second round knockout against Richard Commey during their bout for Commey’s IBF lightweight title at Madison Square Garden on December 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Commey has the height and reach advantage over Lopez. However, the speed and movement of the American will negate those advantages. So, despite Commey putting himself back in the title conversations, he would have to pull out something special to beat Lopez.

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Moreover, given the timeline of Lopez’s return and the fact that the Ghanaian just fought, it is certain that it will not be their next fights. It can take place later in the year, if both fighters are willing to make the fight happen.

What did you think about Richard Commey’s performance? Is ready for Teofimo Lopez?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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