Sources: Lomachenko nears deal for bout at MSG

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Vasiliy Lomachenko, one of many world’s greatest pound-for-pound boxers, is in superior talks for a Dec. 11 light-weight struggle with former titleholder Richard Commey, a number of sources informed ESPN. And tremendous middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga is in talks to struggle within the chief-support bout, based on sources.

Irrespective of whom he fights, Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) will headline Prime Rank’s coveted ESPN slot following the Heisman Trophy presentation at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York, sources stated. The 2-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine has twice fought on Heisman Trophy evening in December: a 2017 TKO victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux and a 2018 determination win vs. Jose Pedraza.

The previous three-division champion misplaced his three 135-pound titles to Teofimo Lopez in October in a intently contested struggle for the undisputed championship. Lomachenko underwent surgical procedure to restore a torn rotator cuff following the bout and returned in June with a ninth-round stoppage of Masayoshia Nakatani.

The 33-year-old hoped to land a rematch with Lopez later within the yr, however Teofimo’s scheduled June 19 struggle with George Kambosos was postponed after the champion examined constructive for COVID. Lopez nonetheless owes Kambosos, his necessary challenger, a shot at his 4 135-pound belts.

With Lopez tied up, Lomachenko, ESPN’s No. 2 light-weight, will possible face Commey (No. 6 at 135 kilos). Commey, too, has fought on Heisman Trophy evening. In a December 2019 struggle at MSG, Lopez scored a second-round TKO of Commey to win the one 135-pound title Lomachenko did not maintain.

The 34-year-old Ghanaian rebounded with a sixth-round KO of Jackson Marinez in February and will now search to turn into a two-time champion. The stress fighter received the title in his second bid, an eighth-round KO of Ray Beltran in June 2019. In 2016, Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) dropped a disputed determination to Robert Easter in his first title shot.

Berlanga (17-0, 16 KOs) scored first-round KOs in his first 16 bouts. The Puerto Rican-American hails from Brooklyn, New York, and is already an attraction within the space. Being paired with Lomachenko on Heisman evening ought to additional construct the 24-year-old’s star.

And it is Lomachenko who can be in the primary occasion. He dealt with Nakatanki far simpler than Lopez did. Whereas he waits for the rematch, Loma might now struggle one other former Teofimo foe.

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