Undefeated Lightweight Prospect Jamaine Ortiz Breaks Down
Today's Elite Lightweights
Undefeated lightweight prospect Jamaine "The Technician"
Ortiz (14-0, 8 KOs) has started to make waves in arguably
boxing's best and deepest division.
The Worcester, Massachusetts fighter is ranked No. 5 by the
North American Boxing Federation (NABF), No. 14 by the
United States Boxing Association (USBA) and North American
Boxing Association (NABA), and he recently cracked the World
Boxing Council's (WBC) top 40 world rankings at 31.
"The lightweight division is the one everybody wants to
watch," Ortiz said. "They want to see the best fighters and
in the lightweight division it doesn't just mean No. 1
versus No. 2. Any of the top lightweights fighting each
other is what fans want to see the most. This is the best
division right now and it should remain this way for a while
because so many of the top fighters are young."
The 24-year-old Ortiz, the reigning WBC USNBC (U.S.) Silver
lightweight champion, in addition to being a former WBC
World Youth lightweight titlist, recently evaluated the
elite lightweights in the world today.
Teofimo "The Takeover" Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), reigning IBF,
WBA, WBO and WBC Franchise world champion). Ortiz lost to
Lopez in the final of the 2015 National Golden Gloves
Championships on points, 3-0. "He's got all the belts and
has to be No. 1. He's The Champ! Confident and explosive."
Vasily "Loma" Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs), former 5-time,
3-division world champion. "He's good but too small at 135
pounds. I like his style."
Ryan "KingRy" Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs), reigning WBC Interim
world champion. "He's showing a lot of development."
Devin "The Dream" Haney (25-0, 15 KOs), reigning WBC world
champion) "Looks like he has the goods, but he hasn't fought
anybody. He definitely has the goods, so I can't put him at
the top yet, and he isn't the real WBC champion (Lopez
Richard "RC" Commey (30-3, 25 KOs), former IBF world
lightweight champion. "Tough! Definitely a tough fighter who
is very strong."
(20-4, 16 KOs): "I've only watched two of his fights. He's a
former (UK) Olympian with good amateur pedigree, but he's 33
and that's old for this weight class."
Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs), former WBA
super featherweight world champion. "I sparred with him.
He's a top contender who was world champion."
Jorge "El Nino de oro Golden Boy" Linares (47-5, 29 KOs),
former 4-time, 3 division world champion. "I like him. He's
pretty sharp, but old guys like him (35) don't have a chance
in this division."
George "Ferocious" Kambosos, Jr. (19-0, 10 KOs), "He was my
old high school teacher's nephew. He's from Australia and I
know he sparred Manny Pacquiao. Fast and seems explosive,
but at the end of the day, in the ring, it comes down to
outsmarting your opponent."
Lopez (23), Garcia (22), Haney (22) and Ortiz (24) are 24 or
younger, as well as the only U.S.- natives in this group;
Lomachenko (33), Commey (33), Campbell (33), Fortuna (31)
and Linares (35) are all in their thirties.
"I think I'll be fighting for a world title by the end of
next year," Ortiz added. "I want to fight whoever has the
belts. Some of these guys may move up in weight, the older
guys may not be contenders next year.
"Lopez has stood out and he's still young. He's earned his
way to the top with his fight credentials. He's young and
doing a fantastic job knocking guys out in entertaining
Team Ortiz is expected to soon make a big, exciting
announcement about his next fight, which promises to be a
major step up in terms of quality of opponent and interest,
as well as provide added exposure on a national platform.