Jamaine Ortiz Is Ready To Play The Spoiler Role
By Vince Dwriter: Former three-division champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) is ready to make his return to the squared circle, and his goal is to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
Before Lomachenko can think about strap season, he must focus on the fall season and his bout in New York on October 29 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
With Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr having their rematch on October 15, the blueprint set for Lomachenko is for him to make his return to the ring on October 29 and then fight the Haney-Kambosos 2 winner in 2023. The path to the undisputed crown has been put in place, but Lomachenko’s opponent is looking forward to derailing Loma’s road to the titles.
Jamaine Ortiz (16-0, 8 KOs) is an undefeated lightweight contender from Worcester, Massachusetts. His most noteworthy win came in May 2022 when he scored a unanimous decision victory over former WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring.
Ortiz was able to earn the win by giving different looks, using the jab, landing effective combinations, and outworking Herring. After collecting the biggest win of his career, Ortiz admitted that he’s a boxer who is learning on the job.
“I still got a lot of work to do. I’m just growing and going at the pace I’m going. I gotta learn quick, and I gotta pick things up a little bit. I’m not afraid of challenges, and I’m here to prove that I’m the best to myself, not anyone else.”
The 26-year-old is a confident boxer who isn’t afraid of risks. He’s a hungry fighter who believes in himself, and he’s striving to put his name in the top contender’s conversation. With his scheduled bout against Lomachenko, he’s risking his undefeated record, but a win would equate to high rewards as it would change the trajectory of his boxing career.
If Jamaine Ortiz is learning on the job, then on October 29, he will make a quantum leap from Boxing 101 to the advanced Master class when he shares the ring with Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Ortiz is a technical boxer who is naturally right-handed, but he is capable of routinely switching from orthodox to southpaw. He’s athletic, has a good jab, moves around the ring well, and he’s capable of altering the tempo of a fight by throwing punches in bunches.
Most fight fans glance at the boxing schedule and categorize this bout as a tune-up for Lomachenko, but Ortiz looks at the match as something that he truly expected.
Ortiz wants to face the best competition throughout his boxing journey as he strives to achieve his ultimate goal.
“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.”
Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz is a driven fighter who is taking a major step up in class. On October 29, he will knowingly enter the ring as a massive underdog, but he is also aware of the fact that if he can find a way to pull off the upset, it would be a life-changing victory.
Ortiz doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the moment due to the fact that he sparred with Lomachenko last year when Lomachenko was preparing to fight Richard Commey.
Skill-wise, Ortiz has the potential to make the fight against Lomachenko a competitive one, but the doubt sets in when you contemplate if Ortiz has enough to actually win the bout.
With that being said, you have to consider the fact that in the sport of boxing, anything can happen. Vasiliy Lomachenko has the intent to win this bout and move on to fight for the undisputed lightweight crown, but Jamaine Ortiz is committed to spoiling those plans.
Ortiz has the power of belief on his side, and that, combined with his boxing skills, could possibly have us witness a repeat in history. The last time a hungry and extremely determined fighter fought at the Hulu Theater, Teofimo Lopez lost his titles. Is another Hulu Theater upset on the horizon?
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