Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey land a coveted time slot for the December 11 struggle at Madison Sq. Backyard, sources say


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  • Mike CoppingerESPN

Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey have agreed on a deal for a December 11 fight at Madison Square Garden, multiple sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The meeting of the former lightweight champions will be broadcast after the Heisman Trophy presentation, one of the most coveted dates and time slots in Top Rank’s program schedule.

Lomachenko, the former three-division champion, lost his three 135-pound titles to Teofimo Lopez in a highly competitive battle for the undisputed championship in October. Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) received post-fight surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and returned in June with a ninth round stoppage from Masayoshi Nakatani.

The 33-year-old Ukrainian was hoping to land a rematch with Lopez later in the year, but Lopez’s June 19 title bout with mandatory challenger George Kambosos was postponed after the champion tested positive for COVID-19.

Lopez and Kambosos still don’t have a date or location for their fight after an argument with Triller that included numerous date changes.

However, the date for Loma’s second fight in 2021 was always the same and it is well known. He took part in the Heisman Night twice: a 2017 TKO victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux and a 2018 decisive victory over Jose Pedraza. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is ESPN’s No. 2 lightweight and No. 8 pound-for-pound boxer.

Commey, ESPN’s # 6 lightweight, also fought at the Heisman Trophy Night. In a December 2019 fight at MSG, Lopez scored a second-round TKO from Commey to win the only £ 135 title Lomachenko failed to hold.

The 34-year-old Ghanaian recovered with a sixth-round knockout from Jackson Marinez in February and will now try to become two-time champions. The pressure fighter won the title in his second application, an eighth-round knockout from Ray Beltran in June 2019. In 2016, Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) dropped a controversial decision to Robert Easter in his first title shot.