'Richard is an elite fighter': Michael Amoo-Bediako Snr interview

Chris Glover
28/06/2019 10:00am

Michael Amoo-Bediako Snr discusses tonight's Richard Commey vs Ray Beltran fight as well as the future of world rated bantamweight Duke Micah...

Essex based Michael Amoo-Bediako Snr has emerged on to the world scene as the brains behind the rise of the feared IBF world lightweight champion Richard Commey, with the big punching Ghanaian finally achieving what many within the inner boxing circles had always foreseen for him in becoming world champion last February in Texas via a second-round demolition of Russia's Isa Chaniev.

Commey makes the first defence of his world title tonight in Temecula, California, against the battle-hardened former WBO super lightweight champion, Raymundo Beltran and Amoo-Bediako Snr opened up about Commey's world title victory and the impending challenge of Beltran.

The British based manager said, "To finally get Richard to becoming world champion, where I and many others always believed Richard belonged was one of the best feelings I have ever had in my life. Richard and I, along with the team have worked so hard for a long time to make this dream a reality, and despite being avoided for years and robbed on occasions, we finally got there so it was a tremendous feeling that night in Texas.

"Ray Beltran is a real test and a household name within US Boxing fans. So I was delighted to get Richard this opportunity as he will get to show off his skills against a well-known fighter and I believe that Richard is capable of becoming the first man to stop Ray Beltran in nearly eleven years. That will show everyone what myself and the team believe, that Richard is an elite fighter."

There has been talk of Commey clashing with the likes of rising star Teofimo Lopez or pound for pound superstar Vasiliy Lomachenko who currently holds two of the other five world title belts, with the IBO and WBC belts, at this moment in time, vacant.

Amoo-Bediako Snr gave his take on where victory for Commey against Beltran could lead him. "Richard and the team are far from looking past the challenge of Ray Beltran," he stated. "Beltran is a great fighter and we would never disrespect him in that way.

"The plan for Richard based on him being successful against Beltran would be to unify the division. That is what we want for him next. He may have to face a mandatory prior to that in the winner of the Teofimo Lopez/Masayoshi Nakatani title eliminator and if that is the case then so be it as we believe Richard is the best lightweight out there so fighting either on the road to Lomachenko would not be a problem if that was the case."

Amoo-Bediako Snr also manages world rated bantamweight Duke Micah and gave his take on his plans for Micah in the foreseeable future.

"There have been some issues with Duke's former promotional outfit but they have now been mutually resolved and we look forward to getting him back in the ring in the coming months but - as I found with Richard Commey - highly rated Ghanaian fighters are very much avoided so patience is they key.

"Duke has barely missed a day in the gym since he last boxed and he has become a much-improved fighter with [trainer] Andre Rozier in the same way Richard has and we are ready to unleash him onto the world and hopefully secure a world title clash before the year is out."