IBF lightweight world champion, Richard Commey, says a purse of $5 million is the only amount that would entice him to face Emmanuel ”Gameboy” Tagoe.
Following his victory over Russia’s Vyacheslav Gusev for the WBO Global and IBF International lightweight titles, the 30-year-old Tagoe reached out to his compatriot for a showdown in the ring.
However, responding to that call on Metro TV on Wednesday, the IBF world champion said fighting Tagoe was never an option he would ever consider because Tagoe was too far low on the rankings to fight a champion.
“Tagoe is ranked number 16th by the IBF and how can he fight the champion?” Commey asked, noting that “champions only fights champions.”
Commey then said if Team Tagoe were ready to part with $5 million or at least $4.5millio,n then he would consider making the fight happen.
According to 31-year-old Commey, 28-2 (25 KOs) he was not interested in fighting a “local champion” whose victories have all come on the back of fighting within the confines of Ghana.
Instead, he urged “Gameboy” to step out of his comfort zone and travel out to explore more difficult boxers in order to better his rankings before nurturing any ambition of fighting him.
“Tagoe must travel to the USA and fight the boxers there and improve upon his rankings before thinking of fighting me,” the newly-crown champion said.
Commey also advised Asamoah Gyan, who manages Tagoe, not to even waste that kind of money to promote a bout between them because he would lose both the money and the belt.