Everything You Need To Know About Vasiliy Lomachenko Vs Richard Commey

'The Matrix' reloads against a tough former world champion.
16:00, 07 Dec 2021

‘The Matrix’ is back. Forget the long-awaited Keanu Reeves sequel, the physics-defying phenomenon we’re talking about here is lightweight superstar Vasiliy Lomachenko. The supreme Ukrainian returns to the ring this weekend against former IBF champion Richard Commey in another high-quality dust-up from the division that keeps on giving.

The undercard features big-hitting heavyweight Jared Anderson, fresh off his TKO victory over Vladimir Tereshkin on the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III pay-per-view. We will also witness the next chapter of the most famous dynasty in boxing, as Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh fights for the third time as a professional.

Here’s everything you need to know about Top Rank’s latest promotional offering.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

When: Saturday 11th December, (2:00am Sunday UK time)

How To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event

Tale Of The Tape:

Lomachenko

Place Of Birth: Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine

Age: 33

Alias: The Matrix

Record: 15-2 (11 KOs)

Height: 5’7’’ 

Reach: 65.5’’ 

Stance: Southpaw

Last Fight: The Ukrainian was a man on a mission in his last outing. Coming off losing a unification fight to Teofimo Lopez, Lomachenko was keen to prove he still belonged in the upper echelons of the lightweight division. The two-time Olympic gold medalist faced Masayoshi Nakatani, dropping the Japanese fighter in the fifth round before stopping him in the ninth.

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Commey

Place Of Birth: Accra, Ghana

Age: 34

Record: 33-3 (27 KOs)

Height: 5’8’’ 

Reach: 71’’ 

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: In a neat piece of symmetry, Richard Commey’s last fight also came after a loss to Teofimo Lopez. Commey came unstuck against ‘The Takeover’ in much more brutal fashion, losing by second-round TKO. But the Ghanaian enjoyed a successful ring return after that defeat, knocking out former WBA interim title challenger Jackson Marinez in six rounds.

What They Say:

Lomachenko

“It is 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. I expect the best version of Commey, and I will be prepared for whatever he brings on December 11.” [Press Conference]

Commey

“Maybe my style is meant for his style, you never know. I've been sparring southpaws, I've been sparring guys. At the end of the day it’s boxing. He’s got a style that many people don't like and it's a challenge. I'm willing to take that challenge. I'm coming with all my heart. Coming with everything that I’ve got, and I'll come in with God and the people behind me.” [The Sportsman]

Full Card:

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey

Jared Anderson vs. Oleksandr Teslenko

Keyshawn Davis vs Jose Zaragoza

Nico Ali Walsh vs Reyes Sanchez

Xander Zayas vs Alessio Mastronunzio

Pablo Valdes vs Julio Cesar Sanchez

Kelvin Davis vs Bryan Emmanuel Ramirez

John Bauza vs Michael Williams Jr

James Wilkins vs Juan Tapia

Joe Ward vs Britton Norwood

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