Richard Commey announces split from long-term trainer Carl Lokko

BY: Kweku Zurek
Richard Commey announces split from long-term trainer Carl Lokko ahead of Luna showdown
Richard Commey announces split from long-term trainer Carl Lokko ahead of Luna showdown

Ghanaian boxer Richard Commey (25-2, 22 KOs) has revealed his split from long-term trainer Carl Lokko ahead of his showdown against America’s Alejandro Luna (22-0, 15 Kos) on March 10th in Texas, USA.

Commey, 30, will lock horns with Luna in an IBF World lightweight eliminator and has disclosed that he has been preparing feverishly for the bout under the tutelage of Andre Rozier, an American boxing trainer based in New York.

According to him, the change is something he "needed and wanted" and it has helped him improve his technique in many ways.

“The change to Andre Rozier as my trainer was something I needed and wanted. I’m very happy to be working with one of the best trainers in the country and so far he’s helped me improve in many ways," Commey said at the final press conference to herald the bout on Thursday at the Omni La Mansion in San Antonio, USA.

“I know that Luna is going to apply pressure and come forward. He’s going to look to throw big right hands, so we’re getting ready for all of that.

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Commey and new trainer Rozier

“I just have to stick to my game plan and make sure I’m always first. My job is to go in and get the win and convince the judges any way that I can that I’m the better fighter.”.

Rozier recently guided Sadam Ali to defeat Miguel Cotto with a 12-round unanimous decision in the latter's final professional fight.

Andre Rozier is an American boxing trainer out of New York. Alongside training, Rozier is also the creator and exclusive designer of the popular Havoc brand boxing apparel, a boutique clothing company that provides boxers with glitzy shorts and jackets that push the boundaries of boxing fashion.

He has also trained fighter including former WBA middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs, Joe Greene, Curtis Stevens, Gary Stark Jr., Sadam Ali and Ivan Golub.

Watch Commey training with Rozier below; 


Meanwhile, Commey's opponent is anticipating a cracking fight that will thrill all the fans. Luna, 26, also paid tribute to Commey's Ghanaian heritage which has produced many world class boxers.

He said: “It feels great to be on this stage. I’ve been doing this since I was nine-years-old so the time is now. I’m ready to take full advantage of this.

Alejandro Luna faces off with Richard Commey

“Training camp was great. The only bump we had was the postponement of the fight, but we slowed it down a little bit so we could peak at the right time. I’m ready to go.

“Richard Commey comes from a rich boxing background and those fighters from Ghana are all known for coming forward. I think our styles are really going to clash nicely. The real winner of this fight is going to be the fans,” Luna stated