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Richard Commey used to be able to walk through New York unnoticed, but not on this day, writes Declan Taylor



THE security guard’s eyes widened and his mouth opened in disbelief.

He quickly removed his baseball cap and struggled to find the words he was looking for, as if a combination of Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur and Queen Elizabeth II had decided today was the day for a trip up the Empire State Building.

Instead, before him stood a beaming 5ft 9in man from Ghana who was hoping to take a picture with his red and gold world title belt 102 floors above the mayhem of Manhattan. All he needed was permission to take the elevator with strap in hand.

“You’re Richard Commey,” the security guard finally said. “Yes I am and I am very pleased to meet you,” replied the IBF lightweight champion of the world.

“Man,” he sighed. “I’ve been following you for so long – you won that Robert Easter fight!”

Recognition of this type, particularly in New York City, has been a long time coming for 28-2 (25) Commey, who remains one of the most underrated world champions currently operating in the sport.

He has been a resident of the Big Apple since 2017 but unless you train at Andre Rozier’s gym, or live in the small area of the Bronx where he lives, you would never know it.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS – Your indispensable guide to an irresistible heavyweight division THE LAST TO ADMIT IT – Fighters relive the moments they knew they had to call it a day EMPIRE STATE OF MIND – How Richard Commey has turned his career around in NYC MUCH, MUCH MORE – Including the Charlo twins, Kal Yafai and the Hall of Fame weekend