Jamaine Ortiz isn’t occupied with ethical victories.
The underside line to Ortiz is that he misplaced to Vasiliy Lomachenko on October 29. It was Lomachenko, not him, who moved on to problem undefeated, undisputed light-weight champion Devin Haney.
The 27-year-old Ortiz clearly is seen otherwise by boxing followers and media than earlier than he gave Lomachenko extra problem than anticipated of their 12-round, 135-pound bout seven months in the past. From Ortiz’s perspective, nevertheless, he’s sadly getting ready to compete in a non-televised battle Saturday night time on the similar venue, The Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard, the place he boxed Lomachenko.
“To me, it didn’t really feel good as a result of I didn’t get the victory,” Ortiz advised BoxingScene.com relating to his battle with Lomachenko. “On the finish of the day, I knew I used to be gonna carry out that manner. That wasn’t a shock to me. However the compliments from different folks, I don’t stay off different folks’s praises. I don’t care if folks like me or don’t like me, if they are saying, ‘Yeah, I believed you received.’ To me, that don’t imply sh*t, to be trustworthy.
“I simply wanna win and be the perfect. Coming off an in depth [loss], to me, ain’t nothing. I nonetheless didn’t get the choice. I nonetheless didn’t win. I didn’t get the battle with Devin Haney after that. With me, all of the folks’s opinions don’t matter, good or unhealthy, as a result of I solely stay as much as my very own expectations and I solely stay as much as what I take into consideration myself.”
Ortiz (16-1-1, 8 KOs) bought off to a powerful begin when the Worcester, Massachusetts native battled Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs), whose comeback within the second half of their battle enabled the three-division champion to win unanimously on the scorecards. Judges Mark Consentino (116-112), Frank Lombardi (117-111) and John McKaie (115-113) all scored their carefully contested battle for Ukraine’s Lomachenko.
“After I heard the scores, I believed I received,” Ortiz stated. “However I rewatched it a pair occasions and I give myself a simple 7-5 [win]. They’d their agenda. They set it up with Devin Haney. It’s what it’s.”
That stated, Ortiz believes Lomachenko did sufficient to dethrone Haney on Could 20 at MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment in Las Vegas. Haney retained his IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO belts as a result of he received unanimously in line with judges Tim Cheatham (115-113), Dave Moretti (116-112) and David Sutherland (115-113).
Ortiz, in the meantime, will partake in his first battle Saturday night time for the reason that Lomachenko loss – a 10-rounder towards Mexican veteran Humberto Galindo (14-3-1, 11 KOs).
Ortiz-Galindo is scheduled to be the final non-televised bout ESPN+ will stream earlier than a doubleheader will start on ESPN at 10 p.m. EDT. Unbeaten WBO junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) will defend his title towards necessary challenger Teofimo Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs) within the 12-round major occasion.
“I believe he’s gonna are available in actual robust, attempt to knock me out,” Ortiz stated of Galindo, “and I’m gonna simply attempt to keep as sharp as I can.”
Galindo dropped undefeated light-weight contender Raymond Muratalla within the first spherical of Galindo’s final battle. Muratalla (18-0, 15 KOs) recovered, knocked Galindo to the canvas as soon as apiece with physique pictures within the fourth and ninth rounds and received by ninth-round technical knockout March 25 at Save Mart Enviornment in Fresno, California.
“I wouldn’t say I used to be impressed with him,” Ortiz stated of Galindo. “It was extra the faults on Muratalla’s finish. I’m not likely impressed with Galindo, however he positively packs a punch. He was in a position to knock down and knock out one other undefeated fighter [Darvin Galeano]. So, he’s positively a powerful dude, packs a punch. He’s a bit of slick. He’s bought some expertise below him and he bought some tips up his sleeve.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.