Lomachenko's Manager Gives Update on Rehabilitation, Return

By Steve Kim

WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) caused a bit of a stir last week on social media when he stated that he'd be ''back'' on August 25th, which was supposed to be the date of his next fight after defeating Jorge Linares on May 12th at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

He was being lined up for a potential unification with WBO world champion Raymundo Beltran.

But those plans were scuttled as Lomachenko tore his right rotator cuff and had to undergo surgery.

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His manager, Egis Klimas clarified those comments, "he posted, 'I'm coming back on August 25th' - it doesn't mean he's coming back to the ring, right? He might be coming back to the United States on August 25th.

"He's recovering very well, he's already shadow-boxing, which I think the doctor will be very mad about when he finds out about it. But he's already shadow-boxing he's doing some work but not putting too much pressure (on his shoulder). He's going to the recovery center, he's got people working on the rehabilitation for his shoulder."

Lomachenko, already a three-division champion after just a dozen professional bouts  is considered one of the elite performers in the sport.

"I think we're going to see him back in August, September preparing for his next fight," explained Klimas of his return to competition. "We're talking about December 1st, December 8th somewhere in the beginning of December."

One name being mentioned by his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, is Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino star returned to the ring this past Saturday night in Malaysia, where he knocked out Lucas Matthysse to capture the WBA "regular" welterweight title. It was Pacquiao's first stoppage victory since 2009, and the first time he's fought since the July 2017 defeat to Jeff Horn.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kelleydf on 07-17-2018

Lomachenko is a natural righty fighting southpaw, a torn R rotator cuff may be what brings him down to normal human status, no matter how well he rehabs it (and it sounds like he's violating Dr's orders)....even so, i see…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-17-2018

Manny and his team have said for years, that he walks around at 140, and forces himself to eat to gain weight for his fights @ 147. Therefore Manny won't be a weight-drained fighter @ 135. So I think Manny…

Comment by Jubei on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=GBP4LIFE;18944292]Oh another biased Steven Kim article on one of his bosses Egis Klimas smh surprise surprise...[/QUOTE] Whats biased about this article?

Comment by Cigar on 07-16-2018

Gee, thanks Kim. You get paid for writing this? Some scoop.

Comment by GBP4LIFE on 07-16-2018

Oh another biased Steven Kim article on one of his bosses Egis Klimas smh surprise surprise...

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