New IBF Lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, may have viciously knocked out Richard Commey to take the Ghanaian’s belt but there was no animosity or bad blood between the two boxers.
They clashed in New York on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Accra) for the title and more importantly, the chance to face Vasyl Lomachenko the chance to unify all the belts in the division in 2020.
Lopez emerged the winner with a very powerful performance and a knockout to boot to become the new IBF champion but two boxers did not choose to go down the path of bitterness.
Rather, there was a lot of love and respect and after the bout, the two gentlemen paid each other compliments and showed great sportsmanship on social media.
Richard Commey shared a picture of himself and Lopez after the bout and added a caption that read:
“Congratulations to the new @IBFUSBAboxing lightweight champion of the world @TeofimoLopez, a great achievement at such a young age, I wish you all the best in the future and may God bless you and your family.”
Lopez responded to the tweet with some kind words of his own and went on to describe Commey as an inspiration to himself and other boxers.