Through Jeff Aronow: Former three-division world champion Vasily Lomachenko will soon return to the Matrix to face former IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey in twelve days on December 11 LIVE on ESPN,
Lomachenko, 33, is ranked No.1 WBC in lightweight, but he is not required by WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney. Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. holds that position and will challenge him this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
From the perspective of the chief support heavyweights Jared anderson (10-0, 10 KOs) will jeopardize his perfect record against the talented Oleksandr Teslenko (17-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout.
This bout against Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) made sense when it was originally staged for two-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs), as it gave the boxing public a chance to compare its performance. for which Teofimo López.
With Teofimo losing to the unannounced George Kambosos Jr. last Saturday night, there is no point in Lomachenko fighting Teo’s former opponent Commey. The fight Lomachenko needs is not against Commey. it’s against George Kambosos Jr.
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What Loma needs is to secure a title against undisputed lightweight champion Kambosos (20-0, 10 KOs), but it’s going to be impossible. Kambosos obviously does not want to lose his “beautiful belts” right away, and he surely would if he fought Lomachenko in his first defense.
Unsurprisingly, Lomachenko’s name WAS NOT mentioned by Kambosos or his promoter Lou DiBella last Saturday night after his upset 12-round split-decision victory over Teofimo.
Kambosos, 28, is now considering trying to fight the winner of this Saturday’s bout between WBC lightweight champion Devon Haney and Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr.
Choosing the winner of this fight will give Kambosos the opportunity to try and become the undisputed 135-pound champion.
In order for Lomachenko to get a title shot, he will have to fight in a title eliminator with the World Boxing Council and then hope the fight is ordered by next year.
Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense for Lomachenko to stay at 135, as he probably wouldn’t stand a chance of winning the WBC title before 2023.
Lomachenko turns 34 next February, and he’s clearly running out of time to wait for a title shot.
Looking back, it was a mistake on Loma’s part not to include a rematch clause in his contract with Teofimo Lopez during their fight in October 2020.
Perhaps Lomachenko assumed he would win or he might have thought that Teofimo would give him voluntary revenge.
Obviously, it was surprising that Teofimo chose NOT to give Lomachenko any revenge as it made him weak and backfired on him as well.
Teofimo is said to have made more money fighting Lomachenko in a rematch than he did last weekend defending his four lightweight titles against little-known George Kambosos Jr. and losing to him.
Teo argued he had to fight Kambosos because he was his mandatory IBF, but he could have asked the IBF for an exception or given him a step aside so he could fight Lomachenko in a rematch. .
At worst, Teofimo could have given up on his IBF title and faced Lomachenko if he hadn’t managed to rule him out.
It would have made sense because the money would have been better, and losing to Loma wouldn’t have hurt Teofimo as much as getting beaten by Kambosos, who isn’t that special. It looks like he would be vulnerable against Lomachenko and the other top lightweights.
“It’s always special when I fight at Madison Square Garden, where so many great moments in my career have taken place. Richard Commey is a former world champion, an opponent I will not underestimate. the best version of Commey, ”Lomachenko said.
It will be interesting to see who gets the Top Rank for Lomachenko to fight next if he successfully defeats Commey on December 11. With Teofimo dropping to 140, there is no chance that the Top Rank will tie it against Lomachenko. But even if Teofimo stayed at 135, he probably wouldn’t face Loma again.