Vasiliy Lomachenko Focused On Richard Commey
Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko, the former three-weight world
champion, is determined to return to the top of the
lightweight heap. A former unified lightweight champion,
Lomachenko fights former world champion Richard “RC” Commey
in a 12-round main event at Madison Square Garden this
Saturday Dec. 11 live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (simulcast on
Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) last fought in June, knocking out
Masayoshi Nakatani in nine rounds. George Kambosos Jr.
recently staked his claim as the division’s top dog with
last month's split decision over Teofimo Lopez, who toppled
Lomachenko by unanimous decision in October 2020.
Kambosos’ win shook up the lightweight picture, and
Lomachenko aims to make a bold statement Saturday evening.
Lomachenko said, “Richard Commey has big power, reach and
experience. This is an interesting challenge for me, and I
know it’s a fight the fans are excited to watch.
“I am 100 percent healthy and ready for Saturday night. I
can’t wait. Madison Square Garden is like a second home for
me. So many great moments in my career have taken place at
Madison Square Garden. I won the lightweight title against
Jorge Linares in that arena, so returning there brings back
many great memories.
“I’m not going to say if I am the number one lightweight.
That is a question for the fans. I always want to show my
skills in the ring, and I hope the fans enjoy what I do.
“We can discuss my future after Saturday night. Of course,
Kambosos is a fight I would like. He is the new champion,
and he had a great performance against Lopez. But Commey
deserves my full attention, and that is the task I am
focused on now.
“My goals keep me motivated, one of which is to become
undisputed champion. Commey is one of the division’s most
dangerous fighters, and he is the one standing in my way."
Lomachenko vs. Commey headlines a stacked quadruple-header
airing after the Heisman Trophy Ceremony on ESPN & ESPN
Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Heavyweight knockout artist Jared “The Real Big Baby”
Anderson (10-0, 10 KOs) returns in an eight-rounder against
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Teslenko (17-1, 13 KOs), recent U.S.
Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (3-0, 2 KOs) takes on
Mexican veteran Jose Zaragoza (8-3-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round
lightweight tilt, and middleweight Nico Ali Walsh (2-0, 2
KOs) opens the telecast in a four-rounder versus Reyes
Sanchez (6-0, 2 KOs).