The countdown is over and Saturday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in London, UK, the much awaited Commonwealth Lightweight championship between Ghana’s Richard Oblitey Commey and Welshman, Gary Bucklnad finally come alive.
Both boxers successfully made the required weights at Friday’s weigh-in, setting the stage for an expected thrilling and exciting night of fight action on the Goodwin Promotions co-bill with Streetwise Promotions codenamed ‘Azonto Time’ in apparent reference to the Ghanaian’s nickname.
The weigh for the sell-out show took place today at the Pro SW Gym in Loughton, with both fighters tipping the scales at 9st 8lbs 4oz.
Commey, also the Africa Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight titlist hopes to extend his perfect career record of 17 wins, 17 KOs but in former British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) Junior Lightweight champion, Buckland, the Ghanaian faces a boxer with a 32-fight experience (28-4, 9 KOs) in his career.
The Ghanaian’s 100% career record faces its sternest test yeat against an opponent who has been stopped twice before (once on his feet to John Murray, and once from a peach of an uppercut by Swifty Smith) but the Welsh hardcase has 24 competitive rounds against Gavin Rees under his belt this year, whereas Commey hasn’t fought since December 26 when he beat compatriot, Prince Ofotsu to win the Abu belt in Accra.
But confident in the Azonto man to continue the excellent start to his career and march on to bigger dreams targeted at world championship glory is his UK based manager, Michael Amoo Bediako who is pledging Ghanaians victory come Saturday night.
“The weigh in went well and team Commey is well prepared for tomorrow night and we are confident of winning and bringing the belt back to Ghana,” Amoo Bediako told Allsports.com.gh exclusively on Friday night.
The action will be televised live on www.boxingevolution.tv from 5pm, and features Bushey light heavy Miles Shinkwin against Portsmouth’s Joel McIntyre for the Southern Area title, plus Romford’s Freddie Turner against Brentwood’s Kris Agyei-Dua for the light middleweight version.