Richard Commey returned to the winner’s circle with a tremendous KO victory over Jackson Marinez on Saturday, and looked as good as he did before his loss to Teofimo Lopez 14 months ago. With the victory, Commey gets back into title contention, but should he fight one of the other champions — specifically one not named Teofimo — next?
Is Commey ready for another title shot? How does he get there?
Wolfe: Sure, he’s ready — but not against Teofimo Lopez. He shouldn’t seek out that Lopez smoke, but another titlist, Devin Haney, would be fair game. That would be a fun clash of styles and a good step up for Haney.
Commey is a flawed fighter, but he has great knockout power that makes him worth respecting anytime he gets in the ring. Commey is a legitimate top-10 contender in a lightweight division that might be the most competitive in boxing right now.
Commey’s eye-opening knockout win over Jackson Marinez was the perfect start to his efforts to climb back up the ranks, but he probably needs a couple more solid wins to regain the momentum needed for another title shot.
I’d love to see Commey vs. Masayoshi Nakatani — two powerful punchers trying to work themselves back into title contention after 2019 losses to Lopez.
A bout with Ryan Garcia would be intriguing and fun, too. Plenty of potential opportunities.