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GBA disowns Richard Commey ahead of US bout

‘Don’t fight under Ghana flag’

On Saturday, August 27, 2022, in Oklahoma, the former IBF Lightweight champion will square off against the Puerto Rican combatant.

He is not popular with the GBA, though, after being suspended in January for rudeness and misbehavior.

Additionally, the boxing association warned him not to fight for Ghana before his fight with Pedraza and accused him of failing to pay his required dues in order to help other up-and-coming boxers.

Richard Commey is unrelated to the Ghana Boxing Authority, according to GBA president Kotei Neequaye’s statement to Joy Sports.

“Richard Commey was forbidden. We don’t view him as one of the Ghanaian fighters and have no interest in his battle because he stated that he chooses to pay [boxing] development fees to the US authority.

Michael Amoo-Bediako, Commey’s manager and promoter, asserts that the boxer would continue to compete for Ghana because he is a Ghanaian.

In fact, the 35-year-old grappler showed up for his weigh-in before his matchup with Pedraza draped in the flag of Ghana.

“I guarantee that the Ghanaian flag will be flying high. According to Amoo-Bediako and Ghanaweb, Richard Commey has always been and always will be a Ghanaian.

“He is regarded highly by the boxing community due to his accomplishments representing Ghana and Ghanaian boxing around the world.

He continued, “This illustrates the popularity of Richard that he continues to be a headline act. RC will be headlining an event that will be broadcast by ESPN and shown live from coast to coast across the United States of America. Also, Skysports will be carrying the event live across the UK.

Commey last competed against Vasiliy Lomachenko in December 2021, losing to the Russian by unanimous decision.

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