By Craig Page: Vasily Lomachenko will return to action on Oct. 29 to take on undefeated contender Jamaine Ortiz in a move to prepare him to challenge 135-pound champion Devin Haney in the first quarter of 2023.
Loma vs Ortiz will be on ESPN+, fighters outside the US can watch the entire fight card live on FITETV:
A fight against the undefeated #7 WBC, #12 WBO Ortiz is a tough fight, as he is arguably more talented than anyone Lomachenko has faced recently besides Teofimo Lopez.
The 26-year-old Worcester, Massachusetts native, Ortiz, is coming off a 10-round upset decision victory over former featherweight champion Jamel Herring last May. Ortiz completely outclassed Herring, sending him into retirement with the win.
Lomachenko is busy defending his country of Ukraine and Russia in response to the recent invasion. Loma joined the national security battalion and remained active until he decided to return to the ring to prepare for a fight with Haney.
The six-year veteran Ortiz should be a good opponent for Lomachenko to prepare for next year’s shoot against the undefeated Haney (28-0, 15 KOs).
Ortiz has the slick boxing skills that Haney possesses, but with more power and a willingness to mix it up inside.
At 5’8″, Ortiz will have a height advantage over the 5’7″ Lomachenko, but it’s not as big of a difference as when Loma fought the 5’11” Masayoshi Nakatani last June.
This will be Lomachenko’s first fight in 2022 since he defeated Richard Commey by a 12th round decision in December last year.
Lomachenko was impressive in winning his second fight in a row since losing his title to Teofimo Lopez via a 12th round decision in October 2020. Loma fought Teofimo with a torn rotator cuff, which he has since he underwent surgery to repair it.
All of Lomachenko’s efforts to get a fight with Teofimo since then have failed, because the New Yorker is not interested.