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Lomachenko returns from injury in lightweight unification bout


WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko says he’s now ‘100 percent’ months after a right shoulder surgery.


Three-division world champion Lomachenko is returning to the ring for the first time since climbing off the canvas to stop Venezuela's Jorge Linares on May 12.


The Ukrainian, who suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in that bout and had surgery the same month, says he's "100 percent" for his return.


"It was good for me to rest," said Lomachenko, whose outstanding amateur career included more than 800 fights and two Olympic gold medals.


Lomachenko showed plenty of grit in his 10th-round technical knockout of Linares, battling to the victory despite a knockdown and the shoulder injury.


He seized his WBO lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Ray Beltran on August 25.






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