Rousing Welcome For New C’Wealth King

commeyNewly crowned Commonwealth lightweight champion, Richard Commey arrived in the early hours of Saturday beaming with confidence of world title prospects.

Commey defeated Briton Gary Buckland with a unanimous decision to annex the title at the York Hall in the United Kingdom to extend his record to 17 wins in the same number of appearances.

Accompanied by his trainer, Carl Lokko, they were met on arrival by executives of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and enthusiastic supporters that turned the originally serene atmosphere at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) into a raucous one.

As early as 5.45am, the fans, clad in white T-shirts arrived in their mini buses and motor bikes to welcome their hero who emerged from the arrival hall and was greeted with a thunderous applause.

In a short interview with the media, the excited boxer sounded extremely confident of building on the latest success by throwing a challenge on any of the world title holders in the division.

“This win has boosted my confidence and I’m fully prepared to face the best in the world. I knew Buckland would be a very tough and rugged boxer considering the experience has gathered in this game but I never expected him to be that stubborn.”

“With my record wins most of which were by knockout, I thought I could earn another famous win via the short route but when he survived three scary moments, I came to the reality that this guy (Buckland) is not an easy nut to break.”

“At this point, my coach advised me not to chase a knockout because it appeared I was wasting my energy to do that. Since we were convinced we had amassed enough points and were leading, we planned to change the strategy to consolidate what we have and try to earn more,’ he added.

He hoped to stage successful defenses and before coming face to face with any of the world champions.

“I am very hopeful; I hope that opportunity would not take that long to present itself. But before that, I have to be hardworking in training and prove to all that I am ready for a world championship slot.”

The GBA team led by its president, Mr. Peter Zwennes lauded the effort of Commey and his technical and management teams for the glory done the nation.

He said British rings have proved Ghana’s waterloo in recent times as boxers who have made attempts have all been beating, adding that, ‘this is the more reason we must begin to appreciate what Commey has done and GBA would continue to support him until he becomes a world champion.

His trainer Carl Lokko attributed the success to Commey’s dedication and discipline, saying, ‘with the attitude he has displayed so far, I see no reason why he can’t become the best.’

Representing his management team, Streetwise Boxing Promotions, Ghana, Mr. Dela Macbrown commended the boxers for the hard work and urged a total support for him as he seeks to rule the world at the lightweight.  By Andrew Nortey

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