By William Fiifi Sey
Former lightweight champions Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey will fight Dec. 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Top Rank has confirmed.
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 Oct. 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 Dec. 2019. He rebounded with a knockout win over Jackson Marinez in Feb. 2021 and has not fought since.