Jamaine Ortiz Offers To Fight Shakur Stevenson
Ortiz lost in a hard-fought battle against Vasiliy Lomachenko in October.
Jamaine Ortiz is willing to give Shakur Stevenson a reality check after the former unified lightweight champ, but George Kambosos Jr. denied a possible match with the latter.
Stevenson decided to relinquish his title at 130 in order to pursue another title run at 135. The 25-year-old southpaw had his eyes set on No. 2 Isaac Cruz and No. 4 William Zepeda but both avoided him.
Stevenson was left with Kambosos Jr. on his radar, but he too has declined the order now.
Ortiz, who is coming off an impressive showing against Vasiliy Lomachenko, maintained the narrative that he has what it takes to pull down Stevenson from a high horse.
Ortiz fought a hard fought 12-rounds battle against the former champ in October and thought he had done enough to secure the triumph that day. But was left disappointed with the decision as it went the other way.
Ortiz isn’t done by any means and wants another big fight next. Ortiz feels Stevenson is a perfect candidate for that as he doesn’t feel intimidated by Stevenson’s impressive offensive and defensive arsenal.
“I think he’s a great fighter,” said Ortiz during a recent interview with BoxingScene.com. “I think if there’s anybody who’s gonna beat Shakur, it’s gonna be me. If I don’t beat him then I think he’s gonna be dominating for a while.”
Stevenson wants to make an immediate impact in the lightweight division as he pushed for the unification bout with Devin Haney. But with Haney and his team working meticulously to hammer out a deal with Loma, that window seems to be closed as of now.
With Ortiz in a quest for another massive bout and Stevenson looking to get going at 135, there is a possibility that Stevenson and Ortiz will collide in a WBC world title eliminator.