Ukrainian star Vasiliy Lomachenko says he won’t allow himself to underestimate the threat posed by Richard Commey when they meet on December 11 at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) has authored many of his most memorable moments under the MSG lights. He’s fought three times at the adjoining Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, knocking out Roman Martinez in 2016 to become a two-weight world champion, forcing fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux to retire in 2017, and unifying lightweight world titles in December 2018 with a unanimous decision over Jose Pedraza.

Lomachenko had a memorable bout against Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden in May 2018, becoming a three-weight world champion when he knocked out the Venezuelan star in the 10th round with a body shot. He bounced back from his 2020 undisputed lightweight title defeat to Teofimo Lopez in June with a ninth-round stoppage over Japanese stalwart Masayoshi Nakatani.

Lomachenko said, “It is always special when I fight at Madison Square Garden, where so many great moments in my career have taken place. Richard Commey is a former world champion, an opponent I will not underestimate. I expect the best version of Commey, and I will be prepared for whatever he brings on December 11.”