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Vasiliy Lomachenko likely to return in September, injury not an issue

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Lomachenko hasn’t suffered a broken hand and won’t need a surgery.

Vasiliy Lomachenko v Anthony Crolla Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

Following Friday night’s destructive knockout win over Anthony Crolla, Vasiliy Lomachenko said that he feared he has broken his hand on the final KO punch that put Crolla away in round four.

But manager Egis Klimas tells ESPN that the injury isn’t serious, and won’t require a surgery or anything like that, meaning Lomachenko won’t need to miss any real time.

“His knuckle, it’s just dislocated, no surgery needed. They just put it back in place, three weeks in a cast and he’ll be good to go. ... We will see him back in the ring, most likely in September.”

Lomachenko (13-1, 9 KO) has several potential opponents for September, and he’s called out Mikey Garcia, who still technically holds the WBC lightweight title.

But we suspect that Loma will probably be matched with the man he was originally intended to face this past weekend, IBF titleholder Richard Commey. Whomever Lomachenko faces, he’ll be the heavy favorite.