Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey fight prediction, undercard, odds, start time, how to watch, live stream, The former unified lightweight champion returns to continue his build back toward his crown, Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey: Live streaming results, round by round, start time, how to watch, full fight card Vasiliy Lomachenko headlines on ESPN against Richard Commey tonight from Madison Square Garden.
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In the gap of time between former three-division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko’s last fight in June and his return on Saturday in New York, the state of the lightweight division has changed dramatically.
Teofimo Lopez Jr., who shocked Lomachenko by decision in 2020, faced a major upset loss of his own in November to mandatory challenger and new unified king George Kambosos Jr. One week later, pay-per-view star Gervonta Davis was forced to overcome injury and a determined late replacement in Isaac Cruz to edge a close decision while WBC champion Devon Haney scored his biggest win to date against Joseph Diaz Jr.
Kambosos, a network free agent, and Haney are now in talks for an undisputed championship bout in Australia. Unbeaten Ryan Garcia has also used the new developments to call out a number of big-name fighters, including Davis, on social media.
Suddenly, the star-studded lightweight division looks like an open market with the biggest names showing huge interest in facing one another, regardless of promotion. That makes Lomachenko, 33, a very interesting dance partner as a pound-for-pound ranked former champion.
Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) will first need to pass a very dangerous test this weekend when he faces former IBF champion Richard Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) inside Madison Square Garden and the native of Ghana let it be known at Thursday’s final press conference that he isn’t backing down.
“I have the whole of my country behind me and all of the little children back home who want to get to where I am. I’m coming; I know it’s not an easy fight but I’m coming,” Commey said. “I’m coming. With all my heart, my God and my team, I am coming. I am coming to put on a good show.”
Lomachenko described MSG, aptly nicknamed “The World’s Most Famous Arena” as a “special place” for him over his brief but exceptional pro career. The former two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine has fought at the sacred venue four times, including some of his most important wins over Roman Martinez, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jorge Linares and Jose Pedraza.
“It’s an honor for me [to fight] in the mecca of boxing,” Lomachenko said. “I respect it and I can’t wait until Saturday night.”
The arena was also the site of Commey’s biggest pro loss in 2019 when he was knocked out by an upstart Lopez in the second round. The 34-year-old bounced back in a big way in February when he stopped Jackson Marinez and looks to continue his growth from the Lopez defeat.
“I think losing in boxing is part of boxing,” Commey said. “Regardless of how you lost, it’s all about coming back. Whatever happened in the Teofimo fight, it is what it is and I take it as a man. I came back very strong and there’s a reason why Loma chose me and why I’m sitting right here.”
Despite Lomachenko being a large betting favorite, he still expects a tough fight.
“Richard is a tough opponent. I think we will give a very interesting fight for fans,” Lomachenko said. “He has big power and reach. He has experience and has a big heart.
“I am very excited because it’s the next step of my boxing career. It will be very interesting for the fans.”
Of note on the undercard, Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of boxing royalty Muhammad Ali, will fight for the first time in one of the arenas Ali helped make famous when he takes on Reyes Sanchez in a middleweight contest.
“This is such a humbling experience and it’s been an honor. It’s been a whirlwind these last couple of months, and to be among these great fighters … all these fighters I’ve watched before in the past. Being on the undercard of Lomachenko is amazing,” Ali Walsh said.
Below is the complete fight card and latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook before we get to a prediction and pick for the main event.
Fight card, odds
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
Vasiliy Lomachenko -800 vs. Richard Commey +550, lightweights
Jared Anderson -2200 vs. Oleksandr Teslenko +1100, heavyweights
Keyshawn Davis -2000 vs. Jose Zaragoza +1000, lightweights
Nico Ali Walsh -1500 vs. Reyes Sanchez +800, middleweights
Date: Dec. 11 | Location: Madison Square Garden — New York
Start time: 9 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
For as aggressive and dangerous as Commey is, his straight-ahead style remains perfect for the type of wizardry and footwork that Lomachenko relies on. One day, Lomachenko’s trademark speed and reaction time will slow, but we don’t appear to be there just yet.
Yes, Lomacheko started too late in his title loss to Lopez, but he came on big in the second half and very much looked to be the same elite talent when stopped Masayoshi Nakatani in June. Expect Lomachenko to use Commey’s aggressiveness against him and pick him apart after cautiously navigating the early storm.