Former IBF lightweight world champion [Richard Oblitey Commey] says he has intensified his training ahead of the upcoming February 13 fight against Dominican slickster – Jackson Marinez in the US.

“It’s been a long and frustrating wait to get back into the ring, and February 13 can’t come soon enough. I’ve kept myself in shape, but once I heard the date, I stepped up my training,” said Commey.

“All I’ve been thinking about is winning back my title.

“I am not looking past Jackson Marinez, as I know he is a tough, slick fighter, so he has my full attention. The road to redemption begins now.”

Commey [29-3, 26 KOs], from Accra, Ghana, who switched from kickboxing to boxing has been a lightweight since turning professional in February 2011.

He fell just short in his first attempt at a world title, dropping a split decision to Robert Easter Jr. in September 2016 for the vacant IBF title.

He, however, won the IBF title in February 2019 with a second-round stoppage over Isa Chaniev and defended it in June with an eighth-round knockout over former world champion Ray Beltran.

Meanwhile, his title reign ended that December, when Teofimo Lopez emerged with a star-making second-round TKO. Commey has not fought since the Lopez fight and is re-energized for another world title run.

Marinez [19-1, 7 KOs], from Santo Domingo entered 2020 largely unknown to fight fans. That all changed in August, when he outboxed the unbeaten Rolando Romero over 12 rounds.

The official judges disagreed with most boxing observers, and Marinez lost a unanimous decision. Trained by Robert Garcia in Riverside, Calif., Marinez gets a shot at redemption and would enter the world title picture with a victory over Commey on February 13.