Richard Commey eyes Alejandro Luna match …After signing with DiBella Ent.

Richard Commey

Richard Commey

The IBF has ordered two world title elimination fights to produce mandatory challengers for its belts at lightweight and junior lightweight.

Last week, it ordered Alejandro Luna and Richard Commey, the leading available contenders according to the organization’s rankings, to meet for the right to become the mandatory challenger for the 135-pound world title held by Robert Easter Jr.

The sanctioning body sent a letter to Luna promoter Tom Brown of TGB Promotions and promoter Lou DiBella, who recently signed Commey, ordering them to commence negotiations for the fight after both sides “have indicated in writing a willingness to participate in this eliminator.”

Negotiations should be concluded by August 4 or a purse bid will be ordered.

Commey (25-2, 22 KOs), 30, is aiming for his second shot at a world title.

Last September, he knocked down Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) in the eighth round but lost a very close split decision for the vacant belt.

In his next fight, in December, he also lost a highly controversial split verdict to Denis Shafikov in an eliminator to get a shot at Easter; Easter outpointed Shafikov in the title fight on June 30.

Commey bounced back from the back-to-back losses in March with a 12-round unanimous decision against Hedi Slimani in Ghana.

Luna (22-0, 15 KOs), 25, of Bellflower, California, is coming off a lopsided 10-round unanimous decision against former junior lightweight world title challenger Andrey Klimov on April 9. DiBella told ESPN he wanted to sign Commey when he realized a few months ago that he was a promotional free agent.

“I think Commey is in the top echelon of 135-pounders in the world,” DiBella said. “Both of his losses are by split decision and he clearly won the Shafikov fight, but that fight was in Moscow and that’s how it goes. He could very easily be undefeated or only have one loss or a draw, but he is a very very good fighter and when I realized he was a free agent a number of months ago we began the process of pursuing him and we were able to work out a deal with his manager, Michael Amoo-Bediako.

“Richard is going to relocate from Ghana to the New York area, where there is better sparring. We want him to get a little exposure in the United States. He is a legit world-class guy and a guy certainly capable of winning a world championship.”-ESPN


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