Richard Commey to face Vasyl Lomachenko on December 11

BY: The Athletic
Richard Commey
Richard Commey

Former lightweight champions Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey will fight December 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Top Rank confirmed to The Athletic.

The bout will take place immediately after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN, which first reported the news.

Lomachanko, a former three-division titleholder, was long recognized by some as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.

He lost that distinction when he surrendered his lightweight belts to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020. After having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, Lomachenko (15-2) returned in June to finish Masayoshi Nakatani in the ninth round.

Commey (30-3), a fellow 135-pound champion, lost his IBF belt to Lopez in December 2019. He rebounded with a knockout win over Jackson Marinez in February 2021 and has not fought since.