A robust exhibiting in his first televised headliner is only the start for Jamaine Ortiz.
The latest version of Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Era” collection noticed Ortiz soundly outpoint Nahir Albright over ten rounds Friday night at Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida. The choice to take the struggle was means to an finish for the unbeaten light-weight, who has a lot loftier targets in thoughts.
“I wish to develop into light-weight champion,” Ortiz informed BoxingScene.com. “I wish to be prepared for that struggle, whether or not it’s [lineal/WBA “Super”/IBF/WBO/WBC “Franchise” lightweight champ] George Kambosos, [WBC lightweight titlist] Devin Haney, [former three-division titlist Vasiliy] Lomachenko or whoever has the belts at the moment, it doesn’t matter. “Who I’m combating isn’t a priority. I beat whoever they put in entrance of me, it’s my job to do.”
That very mentality led to Ortiz (15-0-1, 8KOs) and his staff just about signing a clean verify relating to his most up-to-date opponent. The 25-year-old Domini-Rican from Worcester, Massachusetts agreed to a few separate names provided for Friday’s present, with Albright (14-2, 7KOs) in the end chosen. The struggle was the primary for Ortiz since an eight-round draw with Joseph Adorno of their sensational slugfest final April in Kissimmee, Florida, mere miles from his newest win.
Ortiz overtly admitted to missing self-discipline in an in any other case winnable struggle with Adorno, struggling two knockdowns which value him a victory in a struggle the place he gained 16 of a mixed 24 rounds on the three judges’ scorecards. That degree of focus was obvious in derailing Albright, who carried a 14-fight win streak into the evening.
Whereas the ShoBox collection is a confirmed platform to totally take a look at younger prospects, Ortiz is able to take that subsequent step in his profession. Friday marked his first time going ten rounds. The intention is to graduate to 12-round bouts, ideally versus anybody that can place Ortiz to problem for the division’s high prize.
“The right 2022 – my subsequent struggle could be an eliminator in opposition to somebody like Rolly (unbeaten light-weight contender Rolando Romero),” envisions Ortiz. “Then by December, a world title alternative. The light-weight [championship picture] is shaky. I feel the belts can shake up and change fingers actual fast. One doesn’t know.
“That’s why I wish to climb as excessive as I can as quick as I can. I’d love for that chance, for that man to get the belts to be me.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox