Dethroned IBF champion Richard Commey has opened up on last night’s defeat to Teofimo Lopez at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lopez has become the new champion of the IBF Lightweight division after handing Commey a round 2 technical knockout.
Commey was hit by a powerful right punch from Lopez in the second minute of the bout which was followed by a flurry of punches which ended the Ghanaian boxer’s title defence.
In his first post-bout interview, Commey said he was caught surprised by Lopez’s quality.
Commey who admitted to making mistakes in the bout promised to go back to the ‘drawing board’ and work on his weaknesses which were highlighted in the bout.
“Honestly if I told you that I would get hit and go down like that, I will be telling you a lie. I’ve got bigger shows than Lopez and that’s surprised me but this is it. It happens. Sometimes what you feel will kill you will never kill you but the things that you don’t expect. All I have to do now is go back to the drawing board and come back stronger.
Meanwhile, Lopez has now set sights on fighting lightweight star Vasiliy Lomachenko.
“You guys know who I want,” he said, referring to Lomacheno without naming him. “2020, it’ll be going down, but as of right now, I’m gonna finish the year enjoying life. I’m more than an athlete. That goes for every athlete out there.”