Isa Аskhabovich Chaniev (13-1, 6 KOs), has said, the only result that could satisfy him, will be victory over his Ghanaian Richard Commey opponent in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title on February 2.
Chaniev described Commey, as an excellent fighter, who he respects, but expressed his preparedness to ensure he carries the night when they slug it out.
"I have the biggest motivation ever to win and there is no other result, that will satisfy me," Chaniev said.
"In February, I will demonstrate all my skills and hard preparation. Some people don't think I will win, but they will be shocked on February 2. No bad words or any disrespect to Commey. He is an excellent fighter," he added.
Both Chaniev and Commey are promoted by the Lou DiBella Entertainment and the promotional firm had a deal with Top Rank to have the winner of the bout to be an eventual opponent in a lightweight title unification fight with WBA and WBO titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Commey, could have his first title defence against Lomachenko on April 12 in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, should he beat Chaniev on February 2.
Commey has also been nominated for the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Boxer of the year and the ultimate Sports Personality of the year if he wins the title and he sees it as more motivation not to let this second chance for the IBF lightweight title belt slip.