Jamaine Ortiz Dazzles In Standout
Performance Against Tough Nahir Albright
Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME
Jamaine “The Technician”
Ortiz used his superior hand and foot speed to dance and
dish out punishment against game Nahir Albright to win the
vacant NABF title in the main event of ShoBox: The New
Generation as part of an action-packed doubleheader on
SHOWTIME Friday night at the Caribe Royale Resort.
Ortiz (15-0-1, 8 KOs) sailed to a unanimous decision win by
scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 97-93 to remain undefeated and
stamp his name as a player in a loaded lightweight division.
Click HERE to watch video of the decision.
Whether he was walking Albright (14-2, 7 KOs) down or
punching on the move, Ortiz produced a dominant and flashy
performance over 10 rounds, wowing a crowd that included
former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver and San
Francisco 49ers All-Pro offensive lineman Trent Williams.
Click HERE to watch highlights of the ninth round.
After he was dropped twice in his last fight against Joseph
Adorno in a majority draw in April, Ortiz looked more poised
and patient in the early going, picking his punches
carefully and hitting and moving while avoiding Albright’s
big right hand.
As the difference in speed became apparent, Ortiz began to
open up in the second after he scored with a big left that
caught Albright clean. From that point on, Ortiz maintained
control of the distance and pace, leaping at Albright with
lefts and rights or peppering him with jabs.
“I think I showed maturity in this fight,” Ortiz said. “I
was cautious in the beginning. I didn’t want to get caught
like I did in my last fight. After I took the first couple
rounds to feel him out, I saw that I could do whatever I
wanted in there and I started to get into a groove and let
my punches go.”
Ortiz, of Worcester, Mass., landed 48% (103 of 216) of his
power punches, compared to 41% for Albright (88 of 216), but
it was his body punching that produced the biggest numerical
disparity. Ortiz out-landed Albright 42 to 4 to the body,
showcasing that aspect of his game in the fifth round when
he found a home for several thudding body shots. Afterward,
Ortiz called out the power-puncher Rolly Romero (14-0, 12
KOs) as the opponent he wants to face next.
“He’s got a big name,” Ortiz said. “He’s a big puncher, but
he can’t box. That would be an easy fight. My goal is to
have a title eliminator and to win a title. After that, my
goal is to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the
Ortiz’s signature round was the sixth, when he showcased his
footwork and speed, darting around the ring and landing
rights and lefts. He connected with an overhand right on the
run while New Jersey’s Albright was on the ropes and then
landed several unanswered right uppercuts to punctuate the
Albright, an aspiring R&B singer, showed his toughness and
resilience by trying to match Ortiz’s output each round. He
had success in spurts, but it was fleeting. In the ninth, he
landed a pair of overhand rights, only for Ortiz to use his
footwork to avoid taking further punishment.
"He was the better man in there tonight," an emotional
Albright said. "It was a great experience and I saw a
different look. I know that I have all the talent and
ability, and this will not deter me at all from being a
In the telecast opener, Paul Kroll and Marquis Taylor fought
to a spirited split draw in their eight-round super
welterweight bout by scores of 77-75 for Kroll, 80-72 for
Taylor and 76-76 in a verdict that frustrated both fighters.
Click HERE to watch video of the decision.
Before the bout, Philly’s Kroll spoke of the little respect
he had for Taylor’s power, since Taylor only had one
knockout on his ledger, but it was Taylor who was the harder
and busier puncher in the contest, relying on a check left
hook that continually found its mark.
Houston’s Taylor connected on 34% of his power punches
compared to 29% for Kroll, outscoring him 98 to 71 and
out-landing him 109 to 84 in total punches.
Taylor (12-1-2, 1 KO) staggered Kroll (9-0-1, 6 KOs) in the
sixth with the biggest punch of the fight, a left that
caused Kroll to fall against the ropes as Taylor followed up
with digging shots to the body.
"I thought I had it for sure,” Taylor said. “I thought I had
the fight in the bag. I don’t know what the judges saw. I
was being the aggressor and I landed the clearer shots. I
thought I really had that fight with no questions. I don’t
know what else I could’ve done.”
The busier and fresher fighter, Taylor didn’t sit in between
rounds and at times had to be restrained by his trainer from
running to the middle of the ring before his minute of rest
Normally a patient and technically sound fighter, Kroll, a
former amateur star who won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing
Trials, went after Taylor in the first, throwing a wild
right hand that continually missed its mark.
Kroll fought well in spurts and with urgency in the eighth
and final round, but Taylor was ready for him.
“I thought I won the fight 5-3,” Kroll said. “I took the
beginning and the end. He won a couple rounds in the middle.
We can run it back on the next ShoBox. I am ready to fight
him again. He was awkward, but I outworked him on the
inside. I won that fight.”