Sportsbooks Install Vasyl Lomachenko as Heavy Betting Favorite Against Richard Commey

Richard Commey And Vasyl Lomachenko

  • Vasyl Lomachenko has opened as the -400 betting favorite against Richard Commey.
  • Loma and Commey have agreed to a deal to fight on December 11th, after the Heisman Trophy presentation.
  • At +300, this is only the fourth time in Commey’s career that he’s opened as a betting underdog. He lost the previous three instances.

After watching the best amateur football player in the country receive the Heisman Trophy, the best amateur boxer in the history of the sport will take center stage.

Former lightweight champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Richard Commey have verbally agreed to a deal for a December 11 fight at the Madison Square Garden. The bout will air following the Heisman Trophy presentation which is one of the most coveted dates and time slots in the U.S. sports schedule.

Fighting on Heisman Night isn’t new to Lomachenko who has taken this billing twice before. Loma knocked out Guillermo Rigondeaux on the same slot in 2017 while he decisioned Jose Pedraza on the same night the following year. This is also Commey’s second fight on Heisman Night as he fought ( and lost to ) Teofimo Lopez on this slate in 2019.

Loma Opens as Huge Favorite

Lomachenko, arguably the best amateur boxer of all time with a 396-1 amateur record, has opened as a huge -400 betting favorite to beat Commey, who came back at +300 when the betting lines opened at the best boxing sportsbooks.

This marks the third-longest odds ever for Lomachenko, who has never been a betting underdog in his pro boxing career. The Ukrainian boxing superstar was a -370 when he lost to Teofimo Lopez last year and was a -380 when he retired Guillermo Rigondeaux on his stool in 2017.

It also marks the fourth time in Commey’s career where he has opened as the betting underdog. In the first three instances, he also closed as the bottom dog and lost all three bouts. The former WBC lightweight champion was a +485 underdog when he lost to Robert Easter and was a +150 against Denis Shafikov. He lost both 2016 bouts via split decision. Commey was also a +360 bottom dog when he lost his belt via 2nd round knockout to Teofimo Lopez in December 2019.

Loma vs Lopez Rematch

Lomachenko lost the WBO, WBA, and Ring lightweight titles to Lopez in a closely fought bout on October 17, 2020. Loma underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff after the bout and then returned last June to score a TKO win over Masayoshi Nakatani. He was hoping to land a rematch later this year but with Lopez’s June title defense against George Kambosos postponed after the champion tested positive for COVID-19, Lomachenko went after Commey instead.

Lopez is a massive -900 betting favorite to beat Kambosos so a rematch between Lopez and Loma should happen next. However, it’s uncertain as to when the Lopez vs. Kambosos fight is now in limbo and doesn’t have a date or location after a dispute with promoter Triller that involved several date changes.

Like Lomachenko, Commey bounced back from his loss to Lopez by knocking out former interim title challenger Jackson Martinez last February 13th. The 34-year old Ghanian won the WBC lightweight title in February 2019 when he knocked out Isa Chaniev inside two rounds. Commey made one successful title defense against Ray Beltran before losing to Lopez.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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