By Brian Webber: Vasyl Lomachenko and Jermaine Ortiz met today for the final press conference for their main event fight this Saturday night on ESPN at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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The 5’8″ Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs) towers over the shorter 5’7″ Lomachenko, appearing much taller than the listed Heights. Lomachenko will need to find a way to deal with Ortiz’s height and reach because it will be difficult.
Ortiz is arguably the best Lomachenko has fought since his loss to Teofimo Lopez, and he may even be better than him. Ortiz made quite an impression by defeating 5’10 former WBO featherweight champion Jamel Herring last May in his last fight.
“I can’t wait to come back Saturday night to Madison Square Garden because it’s a special place for me,” said Vasyl Lomachenko during today’s press conference for the Jermaine Ortiz fight on Saturday night.
“Most of the fights are at Madison Square Garden, so it’s a lucky place for me. I want to bring a little bit of sports and attention to our country, and on Saturday and in Ukraine, it will be Sunday morning. For the Ukrainian people, it will be a good emotion.
“Look, it’s a little bit different, being interesting and competitive because our situation is not close to a high level and 100%,” Lomachenko said when asked what it was like sparring with Jermaine Ortiz in the past .
“I focus on my work; I am concentrating on my boxing. It’s my dream; It’s my dream,” said Lomachenko when asked how he wants to capture all the titles at 135. “I don’t want to talk about the future. I just want to fight on Saturday night, and after that, we can talk about the future. “
“It means everything to me. This is something that I have expressed in my life and I finally fought Lomachenko, and it’s time,” said Jermaine Ortiz.
“I think Lomachenko will take out the best of Jermaine Ortiz. The fighter everyone around me in the gym knows and where I’m from, and he’s going to be ‘The Artist,’ a true artist, come Saturday night.”
“Indeed, you have someone who is trying to take you away, trying to hurt you and trying to take away from your family. It’s definitely a different mindset when you step into that ring.
It is a dog fighting a lion’s den. No, things remain the same as usual, business as usual. It’s just another day at the office for every fight,” Ortiz said when asked if training camp was different for this fight compared to others.
“Here in the boxing mecha at Madison Square Garden, it’s everything I asked for, and God delivered it. I learned a lot about myself and to try and improve.
“Going back to basics and mastering these techniques. On Saturday night, you’ll find the best Jermaine Ortiz; I’m telling you this.”