Though Jamaine Ortiz hasn’t fought a lot of big names, Vasiliy Lomachenko said he won’t underestimate him.
Lomachenko will officially return to the ring against Ortiz on October 29 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko said his ultimate goal is the undisputed lightweight title.
“… But I will not take Jamaine Ortiz lightly,” Lomachenko said via Boxing Scene.
“Madison Square Garden and Hulu Theater at MSG have been special places in my career, and I look forward to making more great memories on October 29. I want to dedicate this fight to all my Ukrainian people. I wear the flag proudly every time I step in the ring.”
The Ukrainian boxer has not fought since dominating former lightweight champion Richard Commey in December 2021 at Madison Square Garden. It marked his second win since a shocking loss to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020, which also resulted in losing his IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight titles.
Lomachenko only other loss happened in 2014 against Orlando Salido by split decision. It was the second fight of his pro career.
Ortiz retired former world champion Jamel Herring with a ten round unanimous decision victory. Before that, he overcame two knockdowns for record a draw with Joseph Adorno.
“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,” Ortiz said.