Commey ready for title defence

sw46Commonwealth lightweight boxing champion, Richard Commey left Accra on Sunday to South Africa where he is expected to stage his first defence of the title he won last year.

At the Emperor’s Palace on Saturday, the Ghanaian Commonwealth champion will face local hero, Thompson Mokwana in a battle, he says he is fully prepared for.

Speaking to the Times Sports ahead of his departure, Commey assured of his preparedness to overcome Mo-kwana to keep his title.

“I know it is a difficult bout in a difficult terrain. It becomes even more difficult knowing that South Africa has not been a good fortress for Ghanaian boxers but I believe that hard work pays. With the right training, I will overcome.”

Commey has been campaigning in the UK since November but had to return to Ghana last Friday to secure a South African visa for the trip.

During the short period he spent in Ghana, he hit the gym everyday in the company of his trusted coach, Carl Lokko at the Bronx gym in Accra.

Lokko told the Times Sports that Commey is not deceived by Mokwana’s 12 losses in his 30 pro career record, adding that, ‘we will devise a plan to defeat him.’

“Despite the huge number of losses, he has also won 20 of his fights with 12 coming via the short route. This tells of a lurking danger and explains why we must not be complacent.

He will have everything behind him and Commey must therefore be his own referee and judge.”

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