Former lightweight world titlist Richard Commey returns to face Jackson Marinez in the main event of a Top Rank card in Las Vegas (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET, undercard on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET). It is Commey’s first fight since losing the IBF world title by second-round TKO against Teofimo Lopez in December 2019. Commey (29-3, 26 KOs) won that title in February 2019 in a second-round TKO of Isa Chaniev. He defended the belt four months later with a TKO victory over Raymundo Beltran in Round 8, before losing to Lopez.
“It’s been over a year since I fought,” Commey said during a news conference on Thursday. “I lost my Richard Commey vs. Jackson Marinez live results and analysis to Teofimo. It was a little bit hard for me to take it…. It’s done, and I learned what I had to learn from it. I learned my lesson. It’s redemption time for Commey because I still got a lot in there, and I want to be a two-time world champion.”
Marinez (19-1, 7 KOs) had won 19 consecutive fights before losing a controversial decision to Rolando Romero in August, challenging for the WBA interim lightweight title.
“Regarding the experience of fighting Romero, the whole world saw what happened. Right now, I see myself as a king without a crown, and even though I lost in controversial fashion, it opened up bigger opportunities for me. I’m taking full advantage of them.”
In another entertaining matchup, heavyweight sensation Jared Anderson (7-0, 7 KOs) faces Kingsley Ibeh (5-1-1, 4 KOs) in a six-round battle. Anderson and Ibeh were two of the busier boxers in 2020, fighting five times and four times, respectively.
Also on the main card, Adam Lopez (14-2, 6 KOs), who gave Oscar Valdez a tough fight in 2019, faces Jason Sanchez (15-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout.
Fight in progress: Bryant Costello vs. Troy Isley, 4 rounds, middleweights
Diaz makes successful pro debut
Bantamweight prospect Floyd Diaz made his professional debut with a unanimous decision victory over Fernando Macias in the opener of Saturday’s Top Rank Boxing card, showing some good combinations and landing his left hook and straight right hands at will.
Diaz (1-0, 0 KOs), 17, a 2019 US National Junior Olympics gold medalist from Las Vegas, had Macias in trouble with a short left hook in Round 2 that sent him stumbling to the ropes.
Macias (1-2, 0 KOs), 21, of Hanford, California, recovered in the third round and was able to back up Diaz with a left hook that landed right on Diaz’s chin. But that wasn’t enough to swing the fight, and at the end of four rounds, all three judges had the fight for Diaz 40-36.
Still to come:
Richard Commey vs. Jackson Marinez, 10 rounds, lightweights
Adam Lopez vs. Jason Sanchez, 10 rounds, featherweights
Jared Anderson vs. Kingsley Ibeh, 6 rounds, heavyweights
Eric Puente vs. Sergio Vega, 4 rounds, lightweights
Eric Rodriguez vs. Jahi Tucker, 4 rounds, welterweights