VIDEO: RICHARD COMMEY VS LOPEZ RESULTS: TEOFIMO LOPEZ KNOCKS OUT RICHARD COMMEY TO WIN IBF TITLE

Teofimo Lopez came in the favorite as a challenger tonight, and he showed why, as he stopped Richard Commey in the second round to win the IBF lightweight title at Madison Square Garden.

• The 22-year-old Lopez (15-0, 12 KO) absolutely drilled Commey (29-3, 26 KO) with a right hand as both throw their rights at the same time, Lopez’ getting home before Commey’s could connect. Commey went down, but the 32-year-old veteran from Ghana got up and tried to fight on.

• Lopez, smelling his chance, went for the finish, and as he battered Commey against the ropes, he gave referee David Fields no choice but to step in at 1:13 of round two, ending the highly-anticipated bout.


RICHARD COMMEY (LEFT) VS TEOFIMO LOPEZ (RIGHT)

Teofimo Lopez came in the favorite as a challenger tonight, and he showed why, as he stopped Richard Commey in the second round to win the IBF lightweight title at Madison Square Garden.


The 22-year-old Lopez (15-0, 12 KO) absolutely drilled Commey (29-3, 26 KO) with a right hand as both throw their rights at the same time, Lopez’ getting home before Commey’s could connect. Commey went down, but the 32-year-old veteran from Ghana got up and tried to fight on.


Lopez, smelling his chance, went for the finish, and as he battered Commey against the ropes, he gave referee David Fields no choice but to step in at 1:13 of round two, ending the highly-anticipated bout.


THE 22-YEAR-OLD LOPEZ (15-0, 12 KO) ABSOLUTELY DRILLED COMMEY (29-3, 26 KO) WITH A RIGHT HAND AS BOTH THROW THEIR RIGHTS AT THE SAME TIME, LOPEZ’ GETTING HOME BEFORE COMMEY’S COULD CONNECT. COMMEY WENT DOWN, BUT THE 32-YEAR-OLD VETERAN FROM GHANA GOT UP AND TRIED TO FIGHT ON.

When the story of Richard Commey vs Teofimo Lopez is told, it will be said that the American-Honduran beat the Ghanaian to a punch and finished with fury. A punch that took a country’s only world title and had the people wondering how they got here.  



In boxing, speed is worth its weight in gold and when a boxer has the power to match, the end result is often devastating. Lopez came into the fight with a 14-0 record with 11 stoppages and believed he was already champion before he stepped into the ring. The bookies had Commey as the underdog and many of us believed it was erroneous to the point of disrespect to the champion.



While the reasons for having Lopez as the favourite were undoubted, there was a sense Commey had an intensity Lopez couldn’t handle. The thinking was that the Ghanaian was going to brawl his way to victory, and why not? His four previous fights against Ray Beltran, Isa Chaniev, Yardley Cruz and Aljandro Luna did not go the full distance. He simply went in there with a killer mindset and finished off opponents. Perhaps we disrespected Lopez by thinking Commey could do to him what he did to the previous four.