Former three division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is looking to shake off the rust and put on a show when he returns to the ring on Saturday, October 29.

Lomachenko will collide with undefeated contender Jamaine Ortiz at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Lomachenko was initially scheduled to return to the ring in the first quarter of 2022, in a clash against then unified lightweight champion George Kambosos.

The two-time Olympic gold medal winner was forced to delay his return after Russia invaded Ukraine. Lomachenko traveled home to assist his countrymen.  

Kambosos would instead fight, and lose, to Devin Haney. Next month, the pair will take part in a contracted rematch.

Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) is hoping that a victory will catapult him to a showdown with the winner of the Haney vs. Kambosos rematch - which is currently the plan for early 2023.

Although he's a massive favorite to win, Lomachenko is not overlooking the abilities of Ortiz.

“I love my sport, and I am so glad to be back. My goal is to win the undisputed lightweight title, but I will not take Jamaine Ortiz lightly. Madison Square Garden and Hulu Theater at MSG have been special places in my career, and I look forward to making more great memories on October 29. I want to dedicate this fight to all my Ukrainian people. I wear the flag proudly every time I step in the ring," Lomachenko said.

Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs) was in action back in May, when he retired former world champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring with a ten round unanimous decision. Last year, he overcame two knockdowns to pull out a draw with Joseph Adorno.

The bout with Lomachenko is a tremendous step up in class.

"I'm excited about this fight. Vasiliy Lomachenko is a great fighter, but I'm here to win. Once I win this fight, I'm targeting a world title opportunity. This is a dream come true," Ortiz said.