For the second time this year, Vasiliy Lomachenko will be entering the ring. This time, the stakes are even higher.
Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) has been trying to work his way back to reach a position to once again be a lightweight champion. Back on Oct. 17, 2020, he was stunned by Teofimo Lopez, losing the WBA (Super), WBO and The Ring belts. Lopez has since lost to George Kambosos Jr., who is now the undisputed lightweight champion.
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Lomachenko has the potential to set up a clash with Kambosos to reach the boxing summit again, but first, he will have to face Richard Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) in a highly anticipated lightweight clash.
Lomachenko had been hoping to set up a rematch against Lopez, but was unable to land the title bout. Instead, Lomachenko faced Masayoshi Nakatani in June, and won the fight by TKO in the ninth round. If Lomachenko is able to get past Commey convincingly, it could set him up in a position to face Kambosos in a fight for the lightweight belts, especially given recent struggles by other top lightweights like Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis.
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Commey has experience with Lopez, having lost in a Dec. 14, 2019, clash in the second round by TKO in a fight that decided the IBF lightweight champion.
When is Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey?
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 11
- Undercard: 5:30 p.m. ET
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Lomachenko-Commey main event: 11 p.m. ET (approx.)
The card featuring Lomachenko and Commey is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 11. The main card will get started at 9 p.m. ET, with Lomachenko and Commey expected to walk out around 11 p.m. ET.
How to watch Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey
- Prelims: ESPN+
- Main card: ESPN | ESPN+ | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Fans hoping for a full night of fighting will want to tune in early to ESPN+ to watch the prelims. However, the main card will be carried on ESPN, starting at 9 p.m. ET.
For those hoping to stream the fight, they can find the entire night of boxing on ESPN+, or they can watch ESPN on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
How much does Lomachenko vs. Commey cost?
Though the fight is shaping up to be a thriller, viewers will not have to go through pay-per-view to watch it. The main card will be carried on ESPN and it can be streamed by ESPN+ subscribers at no additional cost.
The prelims, which start at 5:30 p.m., are only viewable on ESPN+.
Where is the Lomachenko vs. Commey fight?
The clash between top lightweight fighters will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey betting odds
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Lomachenko is a heavy favorite to win, coming in as a -1100 favorite to beat Commey. This means that bettors would have to wager $1,100 to net a profit of $100. For those willing to bet on Commey, a +600 underdog, a $100 wager would bring in a $600 profit.
What happens if Lomachenko wins?
Should Lomachenko come away with the win, he might have a shot to face undisputed lightweigth champion Kambosos as early as next year, giving him a shot to earn back his status as a lightweight champion. Lomachenko lost his status as the lightweight champion to Lopez, but Lopez lost on Nov. 27 to Kambosos, handing the Australian fighter the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight belts. A victory by Lomachenko could make him the most likely challenger for Kambosos.
If Commey wins the fight, however, it would given him a chance to possibly fight against Kambosos, especially with both fighters sharing the same promoter in Lou DiBella.
Vasility Lomachenko record and bio
- Name: Vasiliy Lomachenko
- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Born: February 17, 1988
- Height: 5-7
- Reach: 65″
- Total fights: 17
- Record: 15-2, 11 knockouts
Richard Commey record and bio
- Name: Richard Commey
- Nationality: Ghanaian
- Born: March 10, 1987
- Height: 5-8
- Reach: 71″
- Total fights: 33
- Record: 30-3, 27 knockouts
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey fight card
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey; Lightweights
- Jared Anderson vs. Oleksandr Teslenko; Heavyweight
- Xander Zayas vs. Alessio Mastronunzio; Junior Middleweights
- Nico Ali Walsh vs. Reyes Sanchez; Middleweights
- John Bauza vs. Michael Williams Jr.; Super Lightweight
- James Wilkins vs. Juan Tapia; Featherweight
- Joseph Ward vs. Britton Norwood; Light Heavyweight
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose Zaragoza; Super Lightweight
- Pablo Valdez vs. Julio Cesar Sanchez; Welterweight
- Kelvin Davis vs. Ryan Schwartzberg; Welterweight