Teofimo Lopez anticipates 'short night' against Richard Commey

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Richard Commey (right) is billed to fight Teofimo Lopez in December
Richard Commey (right) is billed to fight Teofimo Lopez in December

American lightweight contender, Teofimo Lopez, is anticipating a short night on Saturday when he makes his maiden world championship bow against International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion, Richard Commey, at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

Lopez, who is of Honduras descent, believes it is an opportunity to become a world champion at a very tender age as well as make a name for himself at the ‘mecca of boxing’ in New York.

The American-born fighter is billed to lock horns with the Ghanaian in a mandatory bout that would see Commey make his second title defence since stopping Isa Chaniev last February to become a champion.

In an interview during his media workout, the 22-year-old Lopez noted that he expects a short night with a great style fight of this nature.

"If someone were to tell me I’d win my first world title at 22 years old at Madison Square Garden, I wouldn't believe it. It's huge. It's happening, and it's a blessing. We have the opportunity, and this is what we're doing. Nine weeks in camp. I know ya'll have seen the pictures. We're ready, man.

"Everybody is ready. We're ready. He's ready. Everyone will be tuned in for a reason. All I want is a great night for all the fans. When you have a great style fight like this, it's going to be a short night,” he said.

"We gotta get the job done on Saturday. We are not there yet. I felt much happier than all my other camps. It's a new me. I came back rejuvenated and ready to go. These last two fights, I missed that. I needed to go through these trials to make me the man I am today,” he added.

Lopez is undefeated in 14 fights with 11 knockouts to his credit. A feat he credits to his technical team behind him and expects a great night against Commey on December 14.

"I have a great team behind me. I have everything I need. We all saw what happened last year when I fought after the Heisman celebration. Look out,” he said.