Commey's manager: Garcia must sign fight contract now

Author: Bernard Neequaye
WBC and IBF lightweight champion, Mikey Garcia

The manager of Ghanaian world title hopeful, Richard Commey, has called on WBC and IBF world lightweight champion, Mickey Garcia, to sign the contract and fight his boxer, if he thinks the Ghanaian is a walkover.

Michael Amoo-Bediako noted that the four-division champion was avoiding Commey by refusing to sign the contract as mandated by the world governing body because the American was scared of defending his title against the IBF mandatory challenger in January, next year.

Having been tipped by bookmakers for an easy payday against Commey (27-2, 24 KOs), Mr Amoo-Bediako questioned why Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) was avoiding the signing of the proposed contract if he believed he could easily defeat his Ghanaian opponent.

Mr Amoo-Bediako, the CEO of the Streetwise Boxing Management, told the Graphic Sports in an interview that Commey was a different fighter now and ready to clear any opponent who crossed his path, including Garcia.

"He is trying to avoid Commey because he knows the lad. If he thinks it is a walkover for him then why is he not signing the contract.

"It is clear that he doesn't want to fight Commey and if that is the case, he must vacate the belt so we can fight a different opponent," he said on phone from his UK base.

Commey announced last Thursday that he had signed his part of the contract for the fight but Garcia was yet to put pen to paper.

The IBF, however, has called for a purse bid tomorrow following the expiry of its October 19 deadline for both boxers to submit their signed contracts to the world body, with Garcia failing to sign his part of the deal.

When asked what would be their next step should Garcia refuse to sign the contract to defend his IBF title against Commey, Mr Amoo-Bediako explained that his boxer was ready to dethrone the champion and nothing could change his status as the mandatory challenger.

"No one can change Commey's status as the mandatory contender of the IBF title, so we are not perturbed with his antics because every holder of the belt must fight us," assured Commey’s manager.