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Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. Betting
The second time was the charm for Richard Comney. Comney (29-2 with 26 knockouts) won his first major title on his second try, and he has been the reigning IBF Lightweight champion since February. The 32-year-old is expected to get a serious challenge from 22-year-old Teofimo Lopez Jr. though, and Lopez (14-0 with 11 knockouts) is actually favored to beat Comney per the boxing betting odds.
This is one of the primary fights on a card that headlined by Terence Crawford and Egidijus Kavaliauskas. These bouts will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN Plus with the undercard getting underway at 6 p.m. ET. The main event will begin at approximately 9 p.m. ET and Comney and Lopez are scheduled to fight after Michael Conlan and Vladimir Nikitin finish.
When: Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Why: IBF Lightweight title
Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. Betting Odds
Richard Commey +139
Teofimo Lopez Jr. -174
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Although Teofimo Lopez Jr. is the challenger in this fight, he is favored by the boxing betting odds. Lopez has been causing quite a stir in his rise to prominence, and he could become a world champion at a very young age.
To those unfamiliar with betting on boxing, the current odds mean that you would have to wager $174 on Lopez to return $100 in profit. If you want to take advantage of a rare opportunity and bet on a title holder as an underdog, a $100 bet on Comney would return $139.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. Preview
Comney began his career in his home country of Ghana. He quickly established himself after winning his first 11 fights in the span of nine months, culminating in Comney beating Korley Collison for the Ghanian lightweight crown in December 2011.
After that torrid start, he went abroad to box and spaced out his bouts more. He traveled around Europe, Africa, and America and ran his record to 24-0 before receiving his first major title shot in September 2016. Comney faced Robert Easter Jr. for the IBF Lightweight strap, but he lost a close fight by split decision.
A rematch would have likely been in line if he would have won his next fight, but Comney lost another fight by split decision three months later. He lost to 40-4-2 Denis Shafikov and returned to his native Ghana for his next bout. Comney beat Hedi Slimani to stop his losing streak and won the IBF Lightweight title earlier this year after beating Isa Chaniev by TKO in the second round. He has already defended his title once, knocking out Ray Beltran in the 8th round back in late June.
Lopez made his professional debut shortly after he took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics. His first fight was on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas, and he easily dispatched his opponent. He won his first nine fights to earn a shot at the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title and beat William Silva by TKO in the 6th round.
From there, he knocked out Mason Menard in 44 seconds to claim the NABF Lightweight belt and bested Diego Magdaleno earlier this year for the NABA and USBA Lightweight titles. Lopez has taken on two other boxers since then, besting Edis Tatli by knockout and Masayoshi Nakatani by unanimous decision.
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