What’s at stake?
Commey (28-2, 25 KO) is defending the IBF lightweight title that he won on Feb. 2 by beating Isa Chaniev for the vacant strap via second round stoppage.
That victory was meant to set up an April fight with Vasiliy Lomachenko, but Commey hurt his hand in the two minutes and 39 seconds of action, and the Loma unification was put off.
Instead, we’ve got Commey returning against Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KO), a former titleholder and solid veteran.
How did Richard Commey get here?
The 32-year-old Ghanaian turned pro after a brief amateur career in 2011, fighting his first 11 fights at home in Ghana, and in the 11th winning the Ghanaian lightweight title, a minor accomplishment.
In early 2012, he made his way to England, where he fought a pair of bouts at London’s famous York Hall. The second of those was a solid win over Kris Hughes, a stoppage after four rounds.
After two more fights in Ghana, Commey was back at York Hall in July 2013, beating Paul Truscott via eighth round stoppage, and again a year later, beating Gary Buckland.
He then fought in Denmark for two outings, then South Africa, and in May 2015, made his US debut with a TKO-8 win over Bahodir Mamadjonov on a Roy Jones Jr-promoted card in Las Vegas.