IBF Orders Commey vs. Lopez

Richard Commey’s next defense of the IBF lightweight championship — one that could lead him to an undisputed title fight with Vasyl Lomachenko — looks like it’s being set up, and it will be Teofimo Lopez getting his chance at gold.

The IBF ordered a title fight between the pair on the morning of Aug. 9. The two sides will have 30 days —  a deadline of Sept. 7 — to negotiate a deal before a purse bid is declared.

Commey won the IBF’s 135-pound championship with a second-round stoppage of Isa Chaniev in February. It appeared he and Lomachenko, the current WBA/WBO lightweight champ, would clash, but a hand injury prevented such a fight from taking place.

Commey instead defended his championship in June with an eighth-round knockout of Ray Beltran. Should he get past Lopez, and Lomachenko defeats Luke Campbell on Aug. 31 and wins the vacant WBC lightweight title, the pair could still fight in early 2020 with even bigger stakes — the undisputed lightweight championship.

Lopez also competed on the same Feb. 2 card, knocking out Diego Magdaleno before going on to knock out Edis Tatli on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan. Lopez faced Masayoshi Nakatani in a title eliminator on July 19, and despite being troubled throughout the bout, he edged Nakatani out on the scorecards to earn the title shot.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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