Report- Vasiliy Lomachenko on Heisman Night
It looks like we’ll get the return of former unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in the ring to close the year out.
Mike Coppinger of ESPN reported Tuesday that according to multiple sources, Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) would challenge former IBF champion Richard Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) on December 11 live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
That night for years was the “Terence Crawford” spot as it is usually the fight card held after ESPN holds the annual Heisman Trophy Ceremony up the street from the Garden.
ESPN story on Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey agreeing to Dec. 11 fight on ESPN https://t.co/dokuFTo58r
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 6, 2021
Commey? What about that rematch with Teofimo Lopez? Lopez is still on the hook for his IBF mandatory defense against George Kambosos Jr. Triller dropped their interest in the fight week. Time will tell who picks up that fight sooner or later, but while Vasiliy Lomachenko is still looking to get a crack back at the unified titles, getting a shot at Lopez will have to wait.
Lomachenko lost the belts to Lopez last October and underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff following the loss. Lomachenko comes into this contest to keep the wins coming as he comes fresh off a ninth-round stoppage of Masayoshi Nakatani.
Commey comes into this contest with the same goal and hopes of a title as he was defeated for his IBF belt by Lopez back in 2019 in the same arena this fight will be held in. Commey got back on the win column last fight when he stopped Jackson Marinez on the Miguel Berchelt-Oscar Valdez undercard back in February.
What looks to be a good fight for these two to close the year out is a good one as both look to win and advance for a possible shot at revenge for Lopez. Time will still tell if they both will get it at 135 pounds as both will still have to wait on what Lopez does, whenever that is.