Vasiliy Lomachenko To Face Jamaine Ortiz At Hulu Theater
At Madison Square Garden On Oct. 29
Ukraine’s former pound-for-pound king, the man known as
“Loma,” is back.
Vasiliy Lomachenko, a three-weight world champion, will make
his triumphant New York City return in the 12-round main
event Saturday, October 29 against undefeated contender
Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz at Hulu Theater at Madison
The 10-round featherweight co-feature sees two-time Cuban
Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez attempt to
author a career-best win against former world champion
U.S. Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (3-0, 3
KOs), who is coming off a 44-second knockout over Marco
Antonio Canedo in August, looks to make it 4-0 in a
six-round heavyweight special feature.
Lomachenko was set to fight then-unified lightweight
champion George Kambosos Jr. earlier this year, but when
Russia invaded Ukraine, he put his boxing career on hold to
join a territorial defense battalion in his homeland.
“Vasiliy Lomachenko is a credit to his country and the sport
of boxing,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “When his
country needed him, Vasiliy did not hesitate. We are
thrilled that he is safe and fighting once again at Hulu
Theater at Madison Square Garden, his home away from home.
Jamaine Ortiz is a young, hungry, undefeated fighter who
understands that a victory over a living legend like Loma
would be life-changing.”
Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) has a résumé that is unmatched in
modern boxing. A two-time Olympic gold medalist for Ukraine,
he had a 396-1 amateur record, won a world title in his
third pro fight, and became a three-weight world champion in
his 12th bout. Lomachenko unified three of the four
lightweight titles before a loss to Teofimo Lopez in October
2020 derailed his quest for undisputed supremacy. Last year,
he came back with one-sided victories over Masayoshi
Nakatani and Richard Commey. Lomachenko is 5-0 at Madison
Square Garden Entertainment’s venues, including the win over
Commey and his one-sided drubbing over fellow two-time
Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux. He arrived in
Southern California last month to resume his career and work
towards his goal of capturing the undisputed lightweight
title, which is currently held by Devin “The Dream” Haney.
Lomachenko said, “I love my sport, and I am so glad to be
back. My goal is to win the undisputed lightweight title,
but I will not take Jamaine Ortiz lightly. 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.”
Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs), from Worcester, Massachusetts, enters
this bout hoping to stun another former world champion on
the comeback trail. He last fought May 21 in Las Vegas,
wearing down Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring down the stretch to
earn a 10-round unanimous decision. Ortiz is a six-year pro
who plied his trade on the New England club scene. Three
months before the Herring triumph, Ortiz won the NABF
lightweight strap with a clear decision win over Nahir
Albright. Ortiz made his Top Rank on ESPN debut in April
2021 with an eight-draw against Joseph Adorno, surviving a
pair of knockdowns in one of the year’s best action battles.
Ortiz said, "I'm excited about this fight. 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."
Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs), from Cienfuegos, Cuba, starred at the
2012 London Olympics alongside Lomachenko. He won the first
of his gold medals, while Lomachenko dominantly captured
gold medal number two. Ramirez ruled the amateur ranks for
another six years before defecting from Cuba. After a
stunning loss in his 2019 professional debut against Adan
Gonzales, Ramirez has been flawless during a 10-fight
winning streak that has seen him avenge the Gonzales loss
and crack the top 15 of all four major sanctioning
organizations. He authored his most notable victory to date
in June at Hulu Theater at MSG, knocking out the previously
undefeated Abraham Nova with a left hand in the fifth round.
That one-shot knockout propelled Ramirez into the title
conversation, and he hopes to get that shot before long.
But, first, a former world champion stands in his way.
Ramirez said, “It is great to be back at the iconic Hulu
Theater at Madison Square Garden. I am particularly excited
to do so as co-main event of the evening that marks the
return of the great Vasiliy Lomachenko, whom I admire and
consider one of the greatest talents of all time. It’s rare
to have two two-time Olympic gold medalists on the same
card, and it is an honor for me. As far as Magdaleno is
concerned, he represents an important challenge as he is an
excellent boxer, a southpaw, and a former world champion.”
Magdaleno (29-1, 18 KOs) ascended to the top of the junior
featherweight division in November 2016 with his decision
victory over Nonito Donaire. His title reign ended at the
hands of Isaac Dogboe in April 2018, but he is 4-0 since
losing to Dogboe and subsequently moving up to
featherweight. He shook off an extended layoff in May to
shut out Edy Valencia over eight rounds. A native of Las
Vegas who has showcased his talents at many of the city’s
most storied venues, Magdaleno will be making his New York
City debut against a recently unstoppable train.
Magdaleno said, “I am coming to shock the boxing world. I
know what a victory would mean for my career. My goal is to
become a two-time world champion, and Robeisy Ramirez is in
my way. Just know that I am ready.”
In addition to Torrez, three of his Olympic teammates from
Tokyo will see action under the lights. Tiger Johnson (5-0,
4 KOs) makes his New York City debut in a six-round junior
welterweight bout, featherweight silver medalist Duke Ragan
(7-0, 1 KO) steps up in his first scheduled eight-rounder,
and Troy Isley (7-0, 4 KOs) tests the junior middleweight
waters in an eight-rounder.
Cleveland-born lightweight sensation Abdullah Mason (4-0, 3
KOs) will fight in his first six-rounder, while junior
lightweight Haven Brady Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) makes his division
debut in an eight-rounder.