Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey land coveted time slot for Dec. 11 bout at Madison Square Garden, sources say

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  • Mike CoppingerESPN

Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey have agreed to a deal for a Dec. 11 combat at Madison Square Backyard garden, several sources instructed ESPN on Tuesday.

The clash of former light-weight champions will air adhering to the Heisman Trophy presentation, one of the most coveted dates and time slots on Top rated Rank’s programming program.

Lomachenko, the previous 3-division winner, shed his 3 135-pound titles to Teofimo Lopez in October in a carefully contested battle for the undisputed championship. Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) underwent medical procedures to repair service a torn rotator cuff subsequent the bout and returned in June with a ninth-spherical stoppage of Masayoshi Nakatani.

The 33-year-aged Ukrainian was hoping to land a rematch with Lopez later in the year, but Lopez’s June 19 title battle with mandatory challenger George Kambosos was postponed just after the winner examined favourable for COVID-19.

Lopez and Kambosos nonetheless don’t have a day or spot for their fight next a dispute with Triller that concerned a lot of date adjustments.

The day for Loma’s next bout of 2021 has always been the exact same, nevertheless, and it is really a common one particular. He’s competed on Heisman evening two times: a 2017 TKO victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux and a 2018 decision get vs. Jose Pedraza. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is ESPN’s No. 2 light-weight and No. 8 pound-for-pound boxer.

Commey, ESPN’s No. 6 light-weight, has fought on Heisman Trophy night as nicely. In a December 2019 bout at MSG, Lopez scored a second-round TKO of Commey to get the only 135-pound title Lomachenko did not maintain.

The 34-12 months-old Ghanaian rebounded with a sixth-round KO of Jackson Marinez in February and will now seek to become a two-time champion. The pressure fighter gained the title in his next bid, an eighth-spherical KO of Ray Beltran in June 2019. In 2016, Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) dropped a disputed determination to Robert Easter in his to start with title shot.