We have officially been told a comeback date for Vasiliy Lomachenko's return to the ring. Coming straight from Lomachenko's manager, the lightweight champion and CBS Sports' No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will soon make his return to defend his title in a unification bout on Dec. 1st 2018. A game plan has been written up where Lomachenko to face the winner of the Raymundo Beltran and Jose Pedraza match being held on Aug. 25th.
Following Lomachenko's TKO victory over Jorge Linares in May, Lomachenko ended up needing to undergo surgery for a torn labrum suffered when he dislocated his shoulder during the Linares fight.
Now the fight everyone really wants to see is a showdown between Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia. Not only do fans want to see the two go at it, but Lomachenko's camp does as well.
"We want that fight with Mikey Garcia. But Mikey Garcia is always walking out of that," Klimas said. "We want the fight with Mikey Garcia. Let me repeat it two times -- we want the fight. Lomachenko wants to fight Mikey Garcia. ... Always excuses, excuses."
When it comes to the undefeated Mikey Garcia, who recently unified the IBF and WBC lightweight belts in a win over Robert Easter Jr., has a contentious history with Lomachenko's promoter, Top Rank. And with the two fighting on different networks, there are multiple hurdles to clear in order for that battle to take place. Plus, Garcia spoke after his fight with Easter about wanting to move up to welterweight to take on Errol Spence Jr.
So with Garcia's sights currently set elsewhere, and Lomachenko not returning until December, that potential matchup isn't happening any time soon. Still, it's one everyone will continue to talk about.