Breaking: Commey to fight Chaniev February 2

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Richard Commey

Ghana's lightweight contender, Richard Commey, have been scheduled to fight Russia's Isa Chaniev for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) World lightweight title in Frisco, Texas on February 2.

According to the management of Commey, Streetwise Management, arrangement has been made for the Ghanaian to make his second world championship bow against Chaniev early next year having failed to land himself a bout with undefeated Mikey Garcia.

Commey (27-2, 24 KOs) and Chaniev (13-1, 6 KOs) were ordered by the IBF to reach an agreement to fight for its lightweight strap by November 30 following Garcia's decision to vacate the belt and move up two weight classes to challenge champion Errol Spence Jr at welterweight.

Confirming the fight to the Graphic Sports Online, Michael Amoo-Bediako, Chief Executive Officer of Streetwise Management, revealed that an agreement between both camps have been reached for both fighters to slug it out on February 2.

"An agreement have been reached between both camps for Commey to fight Chaniev in February for the vacant IBF lightweight crown in Texas," he said.

The confirmation could finally bring an end to the uncertainty surrounding Commey's next world title opponent since landing the mandatory shot in March this year following a sixth-round knockout victory over Alejandro Luna.

The Ghanaian was billed to challenge then champion, Robert Easter Jr, in a rematch of their 2016 bout for the IBF belt which Commey lost via a controversial split decision but the American opted to unify against WBC titlist Mikey Garcia in a fight he lost unanimously.

Commey is undefeated in his last three fights against Hedi Slimani, Alejandro Luna and Yardley Cruz since deciding to appoint experienced trainer Andre Rozier as his new technical head.

Chaniev on the other hand will be keen on making a significant impact on his maiden world title bow against Commey having dispatched his previous three opponents since losing to Fedor Papazov in 2017.