By Adam Baskin: Vasily Lomachenko will fight this Saturday, October 29th, against lightweight Jamaine Ortiz at the main event of ESPN + at Madison Square Garden in New York. Event start time is 5:30 pm ET.
If Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) is victorious over the 26-year-old Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs), he could possibly challenge undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney next, assuming he does not give up his belts. to move to 140.
Considering how Haney spoke when asked about Lomachenko after his win over George Kambosos Jr on October 16th, it may take a lot of convincing for Top Rank to convince him to stay on 135 for more campaigns.
Former world champion Lomachenko’s last three-division fight was in December, defeating former lightweight champion Richard Commey in 12 rounds.
In the joint, the winner of the Olympic gold medal twice Robey Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs) will fight Jose Matias Romero (26-2, 9 KOs) in the 10th round. Romero’s only losses were to Michel Rivera and Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz.
Previously, the Cuban fighter Ramirez was scheduled to face former world champion Jessie Magdaleno, but withdrew from the fight due to injury.
“Loma should be next and definitely will be next. We don’t know how long Haney will be,” said Andre Ward to Top Rank Boxing. “I think Loma is the right person.”
“Yes, this is definitely a fight I will entertain,” Devin Haney said when asked by ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna if he sees himself fighting Lomachenko next.
“Who is the best prospect in the heavyweight division? You can’t get a better prospect than [Jamaine] Ortiz,” said Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas.
“He won 16-0, he was undefeated; He is young, hungry, and dangerous. That is what the Loma group wants. He likes the risk; he likes challenges. That’s why Loma is Loma.”
“Now I have a lot of confidence, which is more than before this fight with Teofimo,” said Lomachenko. “I believe that if God gives me this opportunity one more time, I will accept it. Now, I have a chance to become a world champion. The next step is October 29.
“If I win this fight, maybe we can sign a contract with Haney. I believe I will win this fight.
“Remember where we were a year ago. This fight was supposed to go to Vasyl Lomachenko, and then this fight broke out, and that stopped what was supposed to happen,” said ESPN’s Mark Kriegel.
“Devin Haney came in [and fought then unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr]. I want to see Loma shoot him.”