In the main event of the event from Top Rank, the former undisputed world lightweight champion (up to 61.2 kg; 135 pounds), Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) will fight undefeated American Jamaine Ortiz (16-0 -1, 8 KOs).
At stake is the opportunity to fight the current undisputed world champion in lightweight, American Devin Haney 29-0 (15 KOs).
There is a lot of talk about the fact that for the Ukrainian the upcoming fight is a warm-up before the fight with the American Devin Haney for the title of undisputed lightweight champion.
But is it really so? Not a fact, given that Ortiz is well acquainted with the Ukrainian, because he was previously his sparring partner. The prospect would have refused the fight (especially since it is not a title one) if he did not believe in his chances to upset the favorite.
It is possible that in the Lomachenko camp he showed himself great. And he, no doubt, added confidence to the victory in the last fight held - he outboxed, retired ex-world champion compatriot Jamel Herring.
If he wins, Lomachenko really has a great chance of getting a second attempt to compete for the title of absolute division champion. The Ukrainian missed his first chance in 2020 - he lost to the American Teofimo Lopez.
Since then, the veteran has spent only two fights. First, he sped Japanese Masayoshi Nakatani, then beat him, but was satisfied with a points victory over ex-world champion Richard Commey from Ghana.
Lomachenko had a chance to take all the belts away from Australian George Kambosos Jr., who was eager to fight the Ukrainian. But because of the criminal invasion of the Russian army into the territory of independent Ukraine, he was forced to give up his chance. Haney took full advantage of the moment - first he took all the belts from Kambosos, then beat him even more confidently in revenge.
Saturday, October 29
ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jamaine Ortiz, 12 rounds, NABF Lightweight Title
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Jose Matias Romero, 10 rounds, featherweight
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Richard Torrez Jr. vs. Ahmed Hefny, 6 rounds, heavyweight
Duke Ragan vs. Luis Lebron, 8 rounds, featherweight
Nico Ali Walsh vs. Billy Wagner, 6 rounds, middleweight
Tiger Johnson vs. Esteban Garcia, 6 rounds, junior welterweight
Troy Isley vs. Quincy Lavallais, 8 rounds, middleweight
Abdullah Mason vs. Angel Barrera, 6 rounds, lightweight
Haven Brady Jr. vs. Eric Mondragon, 8 rounds, junior lightweight
Lomachenko vs. Ortiz - Full Fight
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