Verbal agreements have been made by Teams Commey and Lopez, for a Dec. 14 clash at Madison Square Garden, in Manhattan, NYC.
Contracts still need to be signed, and fans of Teofimo Lopez know that Ts and Is have not as yet been consummated because the Brooklyn-born hitter, who broke out last year with a string of KOs, said he wanted to stabilize his outside the ring life before he accepted the stern challenge against the IBF 135 pound champion Richard Commey (age 32; from Ghana; 29-2 record).
I asked the promoter for Lopez, Bob Arum, if he had any update on that end of the year tango, which would indeed be much anticipated among hardcore fight fans. Indeed he did; Arum said that he was right then driving home from doing a check-in with Team Lopez. He was with ex fighter Derrick Harmon, who, Arum said, will be present in camp for Lopez.
That will be to provide a presence who perhaps can offer hints to have a smoother ride in the prep sessions than Lopez has experienced recently.
“Teofimo, it’s been peaceful, he’s getting along with his father,” Arum said. “The father is still the boss (as head trainer),” he said, but Harmon will probably be useful to be a “smoother,” of sorts.
Yes, Arum said, that Dec. 14 card should be jam packed with talents, like Terence Crawford (against underdog Egidijus Kavaliauskas, who’d win upset of the year if he bested “Bud”), as well as Mick Conlan.
Make no mistake, that Commey defense would be a vital cog in the over-all attractiveness of the event, which will screen after ESPN’s platform showcases what athlete won the Heisman trophy.