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Richard Commey loses IBF title to Teofimo Lopez by TKO.

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Teofimo Lopez came in the favorite as a challenger last night, and he showed why, as he stopped Richard Commey in the second round to win the IBF lightweight title at Madison Square Garden.

The 22-year-old Lopez (15-0, 12 KO) absolutely drilled Commey (29-3, 26 KO) with a right hand as both throw their rights at the same time, Lopez’ getting home before Commey’s could connect. Commey went down, but the 32-year-old veteran from Ghana got up and tried to fight on.

Lopez, smelling his chance, went for the finish, and as he battered Commey against the ropes, he gave referee David Fields no choice but to step in at 1:13 of round two, ending the highly-anticipated bout.

“I’m at a loss for words, but like the great KG said, ‘Anything is possible!’” Lopez said after the fight. “That’s a bad guy, that’s a bad man right there. Any shot (from him) could’ve done the same thing. It was gonna be an explosive night.”

A unification with top lightweight star Vasiliy Lomachenko was brought up, as expected. Lomachenko was in attendance at the Garden and would step in to take a photo with Lopez after the mics were put away, promoter Bob Arum standing between them.

It looks like the fight will happen, but Lopez didn’t make a particular callout this time.

“You guys know who I want,” he said, referring to Lomacheno without naming him. “2020, it’ll be going down, but as of right now, I’m gonna finish the year enjoying life. I’m more than an athlete. That goes for every athlete out there.”

“Now he’s a world champion. Welcome to my club. See you in April,” Lomachenko said in a post-fight interview with Bernardo Osuna.

Lopez also repeated something from his past. Just about a year ago after Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy, Lopez knocked out Mason Menard at the MSG Theater and put Murray’s jersey on. This year, hours after LSU’s Joe Burrow took the Heisman, Lopez knocked out Richard Commey and donned Burrow’s jersey in the ring.

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Chelsea Draw With West Brom After Conceding 3 Goals In First Half

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Chelsea produced an impressive second half performance to avoid defeat against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Blues came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 away from home.

In a poor first half, Chelsea conceded three goals to the newly-promoted side. One of the goals conceded was as a result of a Thiago Silva mistake.

The Brazilian, who joined Chelsea from PSG this season, was making his debut Premier League appearance.

However, academy graduates, Mason Mount, Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham scored in the second half to rescue a point for Chelsea.

They have recorded a win, a draw and a loss in their first three league games this season.

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Andre Ayew scores first goal of the season for Swansea City

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Ghana Blackstars Captain, Dede Ayew has scored his first goal of the season for Swansea City in their game against Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

Ayew inked the opener for his team in the 13th minute with a cool finish in their Championship match-week four fixtures at the Adams Park.

Ayew has become an important part of the team with his consistency in netting balls since his return from a loan spell at Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce during the 2018/19 season.

Last season, he scored 18goals in all competitions.

There are rife reports that top teams such as Paris Saint Germain, Leeds United and Everton are willing to sign him over as his contract with Swansea comes to an end in 2021.

Watch the goal below:

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Full list of invited Blackstars players for next month’s friendly matches

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The Ghana Football Association has released list of invited Ghana Blackstars players for next month’s friendly matches.

As it stands, Ghana has a pending match with Mali on 9th October, 2020.

GOALKEEPERS

Richard Ofori – Maritzburg, Lawrence Ati Zigi – ST Gallen, Razak Abalora – Unattached

FULL BACKS

Benson – Anang Zilina FC, Lumor Agbenyenu  – Sporting Club, Yakubu Mohammed – Azam FC, Gideon Mensah – Victoria De Guimaraes

CENTRE-BACKS

Alexander Djiku – Strasbourg, Joseph Aidoo – Celta Vigo, Nicholas Opoku – Amiens, Kassim Nuhu – Hoffenheim

MIDFIELDERS

Thomas Teye Partey – Athletico Madrid, Emmanuel Lomotey – Amiens,  Bernard Mensah – Besiktas Baba lddrisu – RCD Mallorca

ATTACKERS / WINGERS

Andre Ayew – Swansea, Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace, John Antwi – Pyramids FC, Eugene Ansah – Hapoel Shmona , Jeffery Schlupp – Crystal Palace, Samuel Owusu – AL-Fayha FC

 

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