With Vince Dreyer: Former three-division champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) is ready to return to the squared circle and his goal is to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
Before Lomachenko thinks about the strap season, he needs to focus on the fall season and his fight in New York on October 29 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
With Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr set to rematch on October 15th, the plan is set for Lomachenko to return to the ring on October 29th and then fight the winner of Haney-Kambosos 2 in 2023. path to the undisputed crown is in place, but Lomachenko’s opponent is eager to derail Loma’s path to the titles.
Jamaine Ortiz (16-0, 8 KOs) is an undefeated lightweight prospect from Worcester, Massachusetts. His most notable victory came in May 2022 when he scored a unanimous decision victory over former WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring.
Ortiz was able to get 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 is a boxer who is learning on the job.
“I still have a lot of work to do. I’m just growing and going at my own pace. I have to learn fast and I have to learn things a little. I’m not afraid of challenges and I’m here to prove that I’m the best for myself, not for anyone else.”
The 26-year-old is a confident boxer who is not afraid of risks. He is a hungry fighter who believes in himself and is trying to put his name in the top contender conversation. With his scheduled fight against Lomachenko, he risks his undefeated record, but a victory would equal 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’ll make a quantum leap from Boxing 101 to advanced Master class when he shares the ring with Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Ortiz is a technical boxer who is naturally right-handed, but is capable of regularly switching from orthodox to southpaw. He is athletic, has a good jab, moves well around the ring and is capable of changing the tempo of a match by throwing punches.
Most fight fans look at the boxing schedule and categorize this fight as a tune-up for Lomachenko, but Ortiz sees the fight as something he’s actually been waiting for.
Ortiz wants to face the best competition throughout his boxing journey as he strives to achieve his ultimate goal.
“I’m excited about this race. Vasiliy Lomachenko is a great fighter, but I’m here to win. Once I win this fight, I’m aiming for a world title shot. This is a dream come true.”
Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz is a driver fighter who is taking a major step up in class. On October 29, he’ll knowingly step into the ring as a huge underdog, but he’s also aware 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 had a fight with Lomachenko last year when Lomachenko was getting ready to fight Richard Commey.
In terms of skill, Ortiz has the ability to make the fight against Lomachenko competitive, but doubt arises when you consider whether Ortiz has enough to actually win the fight.
With that being said, you have to consider the fact that in the sport of boxing, anything can happen. Vasiliy Lomachenko is intent on winning this fight and continuing to fight for the undisputed lightweight crown, but Jamaine Ortiz has set out to spoil those plans.
Ortiz has the power of belief on his side, and that, combined with his boxing skills, could potentially see us witness a repeat of history. The last time a hungry and extremely determined fighter fought at the Hulu Theater, Teofimo Lopez lost his titles. Is there another Hulu Theater upset on the horizon?