By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

Promoter and matchmaker Lou DiBella is of the view that Richard Commey’s skills, punching power and supreme mental toughness are the keys that will help him overcome Isa Askhabovich Chaniev in their hotly much anticipated lightweight title fight on February 02, 2019.

“While Chaniev is a very tough Russian fighter, I’m confident that Richard has the skills, punching power and the mental toughness to come out victorious,” the promoter said.

“When I started working with Richard in September 2016, our plan was to give him another chance to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion,” Lou DiBella adds.

Richard Commey, a native of Ghana and the IBF’s No. 1 contender, has won three consecutive bouts since a two-fight losing skid. He lost a razor-thin split decision to Robert Easter Jr. for the vacant IBF lightweight title on Sept. 9, 2016, knocking down Easter in the eighth round.

Less than three months later, he was on the short end of another split decision, a controversial verdict against Denis Shafikov in Shafikov’s home country of Russia. Commey last fought Aug. 4 against Yardley Armenta Cruz and had little trouble in notching a second-round TKO.

Lou DiBella
Lou DiBella
Isa Chaniev is battle-tested, having gone 10 rounds or more in five of his past six bouts. He is on a three-bout winning streak since a close 12-round unanimous decision to Fedor Papazov on May 25 of last year.

He is coming off his most impressive victory to date, a unanimous decision against former interim lightweight world champion Ismael Barroso. Chaniev survived a second-round knockdown to score a pair of knockdowns and secure the win.

Commey [27-2, 24 KO’s] reckons the huge investment DiBella Entertainment has put into his career and will repay him by coming out victorious on February 2 whiles thanking his manager – Michael Amoo-Bediako for keeping faith in him:

“I have to say a big thank you to my promoter, Lou DiBella. I know how hard it is for Ghanaian fighters to get promoted by the top promoters, but Lou has consistently shown that if he thinks you’re the man, then he will be the man for you.

“He has shown this by the investment DiBella Entertainment has put in me and by getting me this shot at the title and securing it in the United States.

“I also want to thank my manager, Michael Amoo-Bediako, for the faith he has put in me over all these years. He is more than a manager to me, and come Feb. 2, I will be repaying him in full,” Commey promised.

Chaniev [13-1, 6 KO’s] has also promise to surprise the many experts who have tilt the odds in favour of the Ghanaian pugilist on figh night.

“I have the biggest motivation ever to win, and there is no other result that will satisfy me,” Chaniev said.

“On Feb. 2, I will demonstrate all my skills and hard preparation. Some people don’t think I will win, but they will be shocked on Feb. 2. No bad words or any disrespect to Commey. He is an excellent fighter,” he added.

Credit: Top Rank