Ghana’s Richard Commey will be in action on Saturday looking to defend his IBF Lightweight title for the second time, when he comes against American Honduran Teofimo Lopez, at the Madison Square Garden.The fight which will be on the undercard of the Terrence Crawford vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas fight, will see the winner book a possible bout with Ukrainian multiple belt holder Vasyl Lomachenko next year.Ahead of the fight, Commey’s coach, Andre Rozier, has predicted an early finish if the challenger, Teofimo Lopez, makes an aggressive approach to the bout.“I don’t think he’s going to look to bang with us. Richard has realy big time power capability,” he told boxing talk.com.“All of those knockouts aren’t a figment of our imagination.“That young man can crack with either hand and it’s real solid power.“He can hit you with eith hand and you’re going to go and that would be a major obstacle for Teofimo to deal with. If he looks to bang it’s going to be a very early night.”Richard Commey became Ghana’s 9th world champion after defeating Russia’s Isa Chaniev to claim the IBF lightweight belt in February this year.
“The biggest knock on me is if I can shoot the ball,” Brown said. “I’ve been shooting the ball pretty well at each workout. I think a lot of people have some low expectations coming in, shooting the ball 29 percent at the college 3.“So coming in, they probably didn’t expect me to shoot it well and then shoot it the way I do now. It’s been significant growth.”The Lakers have the second overall pick and are expected to take either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, whichever player the 76ers don’t take at No. 1. They also have the No. 32 pick, but Brown and Labissiere are expected to be gone well before that pick.Labissiere, a 6-foot-10 post player, played one season at Kentucky, where he averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes. He said he expects to play the power forward position in the NBA.“I think I’ll play the four because of my versatility both on offense and defense. I can shoot the basketball, score inside, run the floor very well, block shots, guard small defenders,” Labissiere said.Labissiere said he is looking at pre-draft workouts as opportunities to improve. He didn’t start playing basketball in Haiti until age 11, when he grew too tall for soccer.“That’s when I switched and started watching a lot of basketball and falling in love with it,” Labissiere said.Friday’s workout was Labissiere’s second visit to the Lakers’ training facility; Kentucky used the gym last December when the Wildcats were preparing to play UCLA. He said he feels “blessed” to be working out for any NBA team.“It’s pretty cool,” Labissiere said. “If you look at my background and history, coming this far to be in this positions (means) I’ve been very blessed, and I’m thankful for it. Not everybody gets to do this, especially from my country. So I’m very blessed to be here.” EL SEGUNDO >> The Lakers took a look at two more draft prospects Friday, but it was the young players who got an inside glimpse of their favorite team.Jaylen Brown of Cal and Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere were Lakers fans growing up and that hasn’t changed as the two college standouts head to NBA draft day. Both players said Kobe Bryant was their favorite player.“I grew up a Lakers fan, watching Kobe,” Brown said. “Kobe Bryant, his mindset is one of the things I admire. I know the history of the Lakers and in my opinion, the best player ever to play is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (and) Magic Johnson. Growing up I had admiration for them (from) watching Showtime Lakers.”Of course, neither Brown nor Labissiere are old enough to have seen Abdul-Jabbar or Johnson play, but “they got NBA Classic, so you can go back and watch them,” Brown said. They didn’t need grainy vintage tape to watch Bryant, who retired after this past season. Both said they have been following Bryant’s career for years. Brown has even adopted Bryant’s grueling workout habits, hitting the gym early as often as he can.“A lot of people want to reach the level of a Kobe Bryant, but no one wants to put in the work that he did, sacrifice the things he sacrificed,” Brown said. “I’m willing to make those sacrifices. I’m willing to put in the work, so we’ll see where it takes me.”Brown might pattern his work ethic after Bryant, but he said his game is modeled after Tracy McGrady, a bigger guard who could handle the ball and shoot effectively.Brown, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in his one season at Cal and was named All-Pac-12 first team and the conference’s Freshman of the Year.He has been projected as a top-five pick in the June 23 draft, but said he still needs to improve his perimeter shooting. Brown shot just 29.4 percent from 3-point range. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error