NEW YORK – Lou DiBella hopes another lightweight his company promotes pulls off a huge upset Saturday night.

Two weeks after George Kambosos Jr. shook up the boxing world by beating Teofimo Lopez, DiBella will sit ringside upstairs from Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, this time in the main arena, to watch Richard Commey challenge Vasiliy Lomachenko in a 12-round, 135-pound fight. Commey, a former IBF lightweight champion, will try to redeem himself at the same venue where Lopez stopped him in the second round of their December 2019 bout.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Lomachenko as an 8-1 favorite in a main event ESPN will televise as part of a four-fight telecast scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT. DiBella believes Commey’s power makes him a live underdog in his second fight since he lost to Lopez.

“We’re really grateful for the opportunity that Richie’s getting,” DiBella said during a press conference Thursday at Madison Square Garden. “And, you know, when you have a fighter as great as Loma, who I think has the best footwork of anybody I’ve ever seen, basically, in my lifetime, like literally, that’s how good I think your footwork is in the game. It’s something people will remember for generations and one of the great fighters of his time. Richie’s a good fighter. Richie’s a great fighter. He’s a champion. And when a guy like this gets in the ring with his punching power, his dedication, his ability, it’s always dangerous.

“Loma, you know this is gonna be a real fight, man. This is gonna be a real fight. And Richie has a shot the same way no one expected George Kambosos to come in and [do] what he did. You know, the world’s sorta sleeping on Rich a little bit, but with his power, his length, his reach, I expect this to be a sensational fight and I think that, you know, Rich is really live to pull off another big surprise for the boxing fans.”

The 33-year-old Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs), a uniquely skilled southpaw from Ukraine, acknowledged after their press conference that Ghana’s Commey can make their fight more competitive than the handicappers have suggested. The 34-year-old Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) knocked out the Dominican Republic’s Jackson Marinez (19-2, 7 KOs) in the sixth round of his last fight, which took place February 13 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

“If you follow boxing, you know he has big power,” Lomachenko told a group of reporters. “He has big power, he has experience, he’s a man who’s [not scared] to go inside in a fight. And I said it – it will be very, very interesting. It will be hard for me and for him, too.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.