The nation’s top boxing coach has challenged defeated former world champion, Richard Oblitey Commey, to come back stronger and better and annex the title in 2020.
Coach Kwasi Ofori Asare who trains super-middleweight slugger, Bastie Samir, believes Commey has what it takes to bounce back and must do so to bury the Lopez ghost.
“I think he can bounce back, he needs to recover from this, he must stay focused and committed to retake his title,” he told the Graphic Sports in an interview in Accra.
Lightweight fighter Commey, 32,(29-3-0) suffered a brutal knockdown by American Teofimo Lopez,22, in the second round of their International Boxing Federation(IBF) Lightweight world title fight at the Madison Square Garden in New York in the United States nine days ago.
The loss, which is the third in the Ghanaian’s professional career sent shock waves throughout the entire boxing fraternity and among Ghanaians in the country.
But speaking to the Graphic Sports on the sidelines of a training session with his charge Samir, Coach Asare said Commey letting his left guard down during the exchange cost him dearly.
“In such fierce exchanges, your guard must always be on and up, he allowed his left guard down and gave Lopez the leeway to crush him, he must learn from that,” he told this paper.
Asare, who is also the coach of the Black Bombers, called on the boxer to exercise extreme caution when trading with an opponent and tasked him to work on his stamina and fitness.
He also tasked his trainers to train him on holding his guard and how to engage in exchanges during a fight.
He called on Ghanaians to keep faith with Commey, who was until his defeat, the only world title champion in the country.