Vasyl Lomachenko boxing return: Report claims he could be back in action 'as soon as October'

  • Tom Ward

Vasyl Lomachenko is aiming to make a boxing return ‘as soon as October’, according to a report.

The Olympic hero took up arms in Ukraine to defend his country against the Russian invasion.

However, Oleksandr Usyk was recently granted permission to leave the war effort, as he prepares for his rematch with Anthony Joshua.

And now Lomachenko is also reportedly keen on a return to action before the end of the year.

American combat sports insider Kevin Iole, who covers MMA and boxing for Yahoo! Sports, was the first to break the news on Twitter.

He wrote: “Per Todd DuBoef at Top Rank Boxing Vasyl Lomachenko has contacted the company and wants a fight as soon as October.

“He’s been participating in the war, defending his native Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

“No opponents discussed at this point.”

Vasyl Lomachenko is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of his generation

It comes after Top Rank president Todd DuBoef revealed that he has been in touch with his advisor Egis Klimas about his future.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “We have only spoken to his advisor who has told us that he has been training in Ukraine quite a bit.

“This is a real personal thing so there is nothing we can do.

“We offered him the Kambosos fight and he said, ‘I’m passing, I want to stay and support my country’. We all respected that and Haney ended up with that.

“He is going to have to figure out in his own head and with his family and his country where he wants to be come Saturday night when there is a winner determined, whether he wants to be back in the sweepstakes for his profession or does he want to stay country-side with all the civilians there, protecting them and being as helpful as possible.

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“I think because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, it is a personal thing, it is neither you or I or what we believe in.

“It is really about what Vasiliy believes in and when he has made that determinant that ‘I am at peace with my decision’. And as we all know, it is he who gets in the ring, not us.

“Obviously we want him mentally in the greatest shape he can be in and physically, so I think he has to be at peace with the decision that he makes.

“He has to make that. We can only give you opportunities.”

power? Come on now, that’s a dangerous chess match and I think anybody would want to watch that.”

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