Richard Oblitey Commey is the leading light among Ghana’s new generation of boxers. Born on 10th March 1987, he grew up on Bukom, a suburb of Accra that has produced nearly all of Ghana’s boxing champions. He took to boxing at an early age and took advantage of the rudimentary facilities available in the community to practice and sharpen his skills.
Over his career run of twenty-eight knockout wins and two losses, he has amassed several titles, including Ghana Lightweight Champion; Commonwealth Lightweight Champion; African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight Champion; BF Continental Africa Lightweight Champion; and IBF Inter-Continental Lightweight Champion.
In 2016, Mr. Commey lost his chance to become the International Boxing Federation Lightweight World Champion after Rances Barthelemy, to Robert Easter in a closely fought battle. He eventually took the title after defeating Isa Chaniev in February 2019. He has since successfully defended the title against a challenge from Ray Beltran.