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Vasiliy Lomachenko eyeing October return to the ring

Vasiliy Lomachenko last saw action in a December 2021 victory over Richard Commey

Vasiliy Lomachenko is hoping to return in October
Vasiliy Lomachenko is hoping to return in October
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After spending much of the year defending his native Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion, pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko is reportedly keen on returning to action.

Todd duBoef tells Kevin Iole that “Hi-Tech” has contacted Top Rank with the intention of lacing up the gloves “as soon as October.”

Undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney teased his own October return earlier this month, but seeing as George Kambosos Jr is exercising his rematch clause, I doubt we’ll be seeing Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KO) jump right back into a title fight, unless Kambosos elects or is enticed to step aside.

That leaves us little option but to wildly speculate over who’ll step up to be Lomachenko’s dance partner.

My money’s on Jeremiah Nakathila, who utterly brutalized the remains of Miguel Berchelt earlier this year and had already worked with Top Rank for his unsuccessful 130-pound title shot against Shakur Stevenson. So long as Nakathila doesn’t slip into deer-in-headlights mode again, he’s be a solid way for Lomachenko to shake the rust off.