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Lomachenko eyes summer comeback against Nakatani

Ukrainian maestro Vasiliy Lomachenko is poised to return in the summer against Japanese contender Masayoshi Nakatani.

Former pound-for-pound No.1 Lomachenko has been recovering from shoulder surgery following a decision loss to Teofimo Lopez in their undisputed lightweight championship bout last October.

Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) is keen to prove that reports of his demise are premature and will face a solid test against Nakatani on a Top Rank promotion in the summer, according to ESPN.com. An exact date is yet to be finalised. 

Nakatani (19-1, 13 KOs) is coming off a thrilling KO of Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo last December. The lanky Japanese warrior previously lost a decision to Lopez in July 2019, but posed problems with his reach and dimensions. He would enjoy a six-inch reach advantage over Lomachenko.