Undefeated Lightweight Prospect Jamaine Ortiz Hammerin'
His Way To Medical School
Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World
lightweight champion Jamaine "The Technician" Ortiz (12-0, 6
KOs) isn't a typical professional boxer whose life entirely
revolves in and around the "Sweet Science."
The 23-year-old Ortiz is also a licensed carpenter with
diverse interests ranging from engineering and psychology to
philosophy, and his ultimate post-boxing career aspiration
is to attend medical school. First, though, Ortiz' goal is
to become world champion, which would be a first for a
native of Worcester, Massachusetts.
"I was always fascinated by architecture, starting with my
mother's house, and that spun off to engineering," Ortiz
explained. "I wanted to learn how to build to better
understand and became a carpenter after graduating from high
school. I'm not worried about getting hurt at work. I do
work with my hands, but I'm in the union and everything is
safe, and I'm very careful.
"Medical school is my dream. I want to help people working
with cells, blood and muscle tissues, understanding the
body. I'm not sure if I'll do research or be working with
patients, maybe in internal medicine, but not in traditional
medicine. I'm interested in natural, holistic medicine, and
working for the benefit of people."
Ortiz, who started boxing at the age of six, will return to
the ring in early 2020 for, most likely, his final WBC Youth
World title fight, because this title is for fighters 23 or
younger, and Jamaine turns 24 on April 28.
The WBC World Youth title has been a stepping-stone for
great champions such as Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Timothy
Bradley, Danny Garcia and Leo Santa Cruz, among the more
"I'm proud to be the WBC World lightweight champion, but
I'll have to give it up in April when I turn 24.," Ortiz
remarked. "I'll win bigger titles as I get older. This has
been good for now, but I'm going on to bigger and better
things. I'm confident that I'll be world champion in 2021
and I want to be a multiple wight-class world champion
before I retire."
Ortiz recently gained even more confidence when Teofimo
Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) captured the International Boxing
Federation (IBF) World lightweight championship, knocking
out defending champion Richard Commey in the second round
this past December.
At the 2015 National Golden Gloves, Ortiz lost a decision to
Lopez in the championship final. "He didn't do that stuff to
me (like he did to Commey)," Ortiz noted. "He didn't beat me
up. I lost a decision, but I showed that I could fight with
him. He was nothing like you saw on television (vs. Commey),
though. I've watched him get better and better.
So is Ortiz and before he swaps his boxing gloves for a
stethoscope, he has unfinished business in boxing. Nothing
short of capturing a world championship crown will satisfy