Richard Commey is expecting a hostile reception on Saturday when he takes on California native Jose Ramirez for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight championship eliminator at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.
Commey, a former International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight titlist, said he had always been referred to as an underdog since relocating to the US in an attempt to realise his world title dream.
The Ghanaian 140 pounds fighter must defy all odds to beat home favourite Ramirez when they square it up in a fight that could either make or break him depending on the outcome.
“Throughout my career, more often than not, I’ve been the B-side or have had to go into someone’s hometown so it’s nothing new to me,” Commey told RingTV.
“In fact, I’m looking forward to it. Once you get in the ring it’s just me and him, the fans can’t help him and I will be focused on my mission. I will leave no stone unturned in my preparation to get the victory.”
Commey (30-4-1, 27 KOs) lost his IBF belt in 2019 when he was knocked out by America’s Teofimo Lopez in December 2019. He came back stronger 14 months later to destroy Dominican Republic’s Jackson Ramirez in seven rounds.
However, the Ghanaian has gone winless in his last two bouts after a defeat to Vasyl Lomachenko which was coupled with a split draw against Jose Pedraza on his 140 pounds debut.
When asked about the chances of Ramirez, Commey said he had a lot of respect for Ramirez, a former unified super lightweight champion who lost an attempt to become undisputed to Josh Taylor in 2021.
“[He’s an] excellent fighter, you don’t become a unified world champion without being a master of your craft,” he said.
“He’s a very good technical boxer with a good engine, he picks his shots well and has a very good chin and high punch output, he comes forward with aggression so I’ll have to bring my A game.”