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Ghana’s Commey, Lomachenko agree to December fight

Ghana boxer Richard Commey and Ukraine’s Vasiliy Lomachenko have settled on a deal for a bout on December 11, 2021, at Madison Square Garden, USA, ESPN.

The two former lightweight champions will feature as one of the most coveted dates and time slots on Top Rank’s programming schedule.

The 34-year-old had a two-year ban lifted recently by the Ghana Boxing Authority for comments he made in an interview against the organization six-months into the ban.

Former three-division champion Lomachenko lost his three 135-pound titles to Teofimo Lopez in October in a closely contested fight for the undisputed championship.

The Ukrainian (15-2, 11 KOs) had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff after the fight and returned in June with a ninth-round stoppage of Masayoshi Nakatani.

The 33-year-old was pursuing a rematch with Lopez later in the year, but it did not materialize because COVID-19 affected Lopez’s schedules.

The date for Lomachenko’s second bout of 2021 has always been the same, though, and it is familiar.

He has competed on Heisman night twice: a 2017 TKO victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux and a 2018 decision win against Jose Pedraza.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is ESPN’s No. 2 lightweight and No. 8 pound-for-pound boxer.

ESPN’s No. 6 lightweight, Commey has fought on Heisman Trophy night as well.

In a December 2019 bout at Madison Square Garden, Lopez scored a second-round TKO over Commey to win the only 135-pound title Lomachenko did not hold.

The Ghanaian rallied with a sixth-round KO of Jackson Marinez in February and will now seek to become a two-time champion.

The pressure fighter won 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 decision to Robert Easter in his first title shot.