Lomachenko to box at Garden in return from shoulder surgery

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Vasiliy Lomachenko will return from shoulder surgery when he faces Jose Pedraza on Dec. 8 at Madison Square Garden in a lightweight unification fight.

Lomachenko tore the labrum in his right shoulder while knocking out Jorge Linares on May 12, also at MSG.

The fight against Pedraza will mark the fourth time the three-division world champion from Ukraine will be in the main event at MSG. It will come inside the Theater, where he stopped Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux last December in the first pro bout between two-time Olympic gold medalists.

The bout was announced Tuesday by Top Rank.

Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) will defend the WBA version of the 135-pound title against Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs), a Puerto Rican who won the WBO title in August.

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