As lightweight contender Teofimo Lopez approaches the ring at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 14, it’ll be the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” blaring from the speakers.

As lightweight contender Teofimo Lopez approaches the ring at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Dec. 14, it’ll be the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” blaring from the speakers.

Lopez (14-0, 11 KO), 22, wants to honor his borough with both the ’80s classic and a victory over IBF 135-pound world champion Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KO), a 32-year-old native of Ghana who resides in The Bronx.

“Last time I fought at The Garden, I came out to Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York,'” Lopez, who’s making his first attempt to win a world title, told Attendee.com. “My manager suggested the Beastie Boys for this match, so we’re going with that.

“I try to bring the atmosphere of New York, just to let them know that Brooklyn’s here,” he added. “Now we have a chance, an opportunity, to show out and let everyone know that we’re here to stay, and we’re here because we’re the truth.”

Lopez, the youngest of three born to Honduran immigrants, was introduced to boxing at age five.

The 5-foot-8 fighter made his professional debut at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center in November 2016, knocking out his opponent, Ishwar Siqueiros, with a left hook to the body in the second round.

In total, Lopez has 11 wins by KO. Commey, who also stands at 5-foot-8 and won the IBF title in February, has won 26 times in the same manner.

Given how often each have won by knockout, Lopez doesn’t expect Saturday’s showdown to last the scheduled 12 rounds.

"I try to bring the atmosphere of New York, just to let them know that Brooklyn’s here."

- Teofimo Lopez

“Fighting Richard Commey, obviously, he does have power in both hands, and so do I,” said Lopez, who represented Honduras in the 2016 Summer Olympics. “A lot of people are excited about it. It’s a fight that everybody knows is not gonna go the distance.

“I’m ready for it,” he added. 

That’s the kind of warning of violence that keeps Lopez’s mom from ever attending any of his fights. It’s also why he listens to ’90s hip hop to get “amped up” while training for such a battle.

Lopez shouts out DMX, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun as those who are amongst his favorite rappers of any era.

“You have the new generation of rappers, but it’ll never be like the ones from the old days,” he said.

On Saturday night, though, he’s going with the Beastie Boys in his homage to Brooklyn, to which he hopes to return with the IBF lightweight title around his waist.

“It’s just great to be back here, on my soil,” Lopez said. “I got family here, I got aunts here, my uncles are here. 

“Those are the things that we all work for when you’re in the sport, in any sport – turning your dreams into reality,” he continued. “I prepared myself for that, man.

“It’s honestly a blessing.”

Event note:  Lopez’s fight against Commey takes place before the main event: Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KO) vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KO). Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, will be defending his WBO welterweight (147-pound) world title against the Lithuanian contender.

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