The much-anticipated International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight championship fight between champion Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez is scheduled to take place at the Madison Square Garden on December 14.
Commey is expected to make his title mandatory defence against Lopez on a planned Top Rank Boxing promotion on ESPN.
Although the fine details are yet to be finalised, Commey’s second defence of his IBF lightweight title will take place on the card that likely will be headlined by WBO welterweight title fight between the champion Terence Crawford and Egidijus Kavaliauskas.
According to Commey’s Manager, Michael Amoo-Bediako, negotiations were ongoing to ensure the fight took place before the end of the year but he refused to give further details about the showdown.
Mr Amoo-Bediako explained that certain clauses were being ironed out before the formal announcement of the bout.
“All I can say is that there is nothing concrete now but negotiations are ongoing and will be announced when certain clauses have been ironed out,” he told the Graphic Sports newspaper.
The fight, which was initially expected to take place by November after Lopez earned a unanimous point decision victory over Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani, almost hit a snag after the American said he was withdrawing from the contest because he had unresolved family issues and was not in the right frame of mind.
He was quoted by American network ESPN as saying he could only agree to the Commey fight after his head was cleared of the family issues he was encountering.
“Right now we’re going to take a step back and regroup and Teofimo’s definitely going to be that knockout artiste and entertaining fighter again,” Lopez asserted.
Commey was in the UK last weekend to watch WBO and WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko defend his titles against Briton Luke Campbell.
The Ghanaian, who made a successful title defence with an eighth round technical knockout (TKO) win against Mexican Raymundo Beltran, could be in line to face Ukrainian Lomachenko in a unification title bout next year if he defeats Lopez to retain his IBF?belt.