Sport Lopez knocks out Commey to win IBF lightweight title

07:20  15 december  2019
07:20  15 december  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Ghana’s Richard Commey made his second crack at the vacant IBF lightweight title count, claiming his first world title with a second-round stoppage of Isa Chaniev of Russia on Saturday night. Commey (28-2, 25 KO) tore through Chaniev (13-2, 6 KO), dropping him late in the first round on a monster

Teofimo Lopez needed just two rounds to knock out Richard Commey and win the IBF lightweight title on Saturday.

Lopez, 22, dropped Commey with a right hand to claim the title at Madison Square Garden in New York City and improve to 15-0 in his professional career.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Teofimo Lopez© Getty Images Teofimo Lopez

Commey tried to push on after the initial blow, but the fight was stopped one minute, 13 seconds into the second round.

The Ghanaian (29-3) was defending the title for just the second time, having initially claimed it in February.

But Brooklyn-born Lopez landed the huge right hand before a flurry of blows led to the stoppage.

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"It's a blessing on blessing. I'm grateful. I just want to tell everybody out there that dreams come true," Lopez told ESPN in an in-ring interview.

"You've just got to have faith in it, and just keep going – 17 years, my first world title, winning it at Madison Square Garden, this is surreal."

Unsurprisingly, Lopez is next eyeing a bout against WBA, WBO and WBC lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

"You guys know who you all want – 2020 it will be going down," he said.

Earlier on the card, Sydney's George Kambosos earned a classy split decision win over former world champion Mickey Bey.

In the biggest fight of his professional career to date, Kambosos scored a 10th round knockdown to claim a razor thin decision.

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