Vasiliy Lomachenko bids to get back into the world title mix when he takes on Jamaine Ortiz at Madison Square Garden.
The Ukrainian was beaten by Teofimo Lopez two years ago, but the Matrix has hit back with two good wins over Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey and the 34-year-old remains a top-level operator.
Ortiz is unbeaten in 17 professional contests and the Technician put in an excellent performance to beat the capable Jamel Herring last time out.
However, the Massachusetts man appears to be way below the level of Lomachenko and that is reflected in the fight odds. The Ukrainian is a 1/20 chance to win the clash, with Ortiz a 9/1 shot and the draw available at .
The Matrix is even-money for a stoppage victory or 10/11 to need the decision of the judges. The fight is to go the distance and the total rounds line has been set at 10.5.
|What:||Vasyl Lomachenko v Jamaine Ortiz|
|Where:||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|When:||04:00, Sunday, October 30, 2022|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports|
|Odds:||1/20 Lomachenko, 9/1 Ortiz, draw|
The bout will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2022
The card gets underway at midnight and the main event is expected to start at 04:00. Exact timings will depend on the duration of undercard fights.
The contest will take place at New York's famous Madison Square Garden. Many of boxing's biggest bouts have taken place at the historic venue and it's synonymous with huge fight nights.
Two of the three bouts between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were held at the New York venue and Andy Ruiz shocked Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in 2019. Joe Calzaghe scored a unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr inside the famous venue and more recently Katie Taylor outpointed Amanda Serrano.
The action will be shown live on Sky Sports from 01:00 on Sunday morning.
Lomachenko is the red-hot 1/20 favourite. The brilliant Ukrainian is even-money to win by stoppage and 10/11 for a points victory. Ortiz has a huge task on his hands and that's reflected in offers of 9/1. The fight is 4/5 to go the distance and it's 25/1 that the contest ends in a draw.
There are no belts on the line in this 12-round lightweight contest. Lomachenko is a former three-weight world champion and the Ukrainian will be looking to get another shot at the big time.
The 34-year-old lost his WBA and WBO lightweight belts in defeat to Lopez in 2020, but you wouldn't put it past the Matrix ruling again.
Lomachenko was one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time. The Ukrainian had an incredible record in the unpaid ranks, which saw him clock up 396 wins, with just one defeat.
The 34-year-old fought for and won his first world title when beating Gary Russell Jr in just his third professional contest. The Matrix has excellent wins over Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jose Pedraza on his card and Lomachenko is a wonderfully skilful and gifted boxer.
The Ukrainian has lost two of his two of his 18 bouts, but the first over those was a narrow defeat when challenging for a world title in just his second pro contest and the other came against Lopez, who is a top-level talent himself. Lomachenko has seen 11 of his 16 professional victories come by stoppage.
Otriz is unbeaten in 17 professional bouts, but many of those have been low-key contests. The Massachusetts man can point to a good win over Herring last time out, but at the same time the 26-year-old had to settle for a draw against the limited Joseph Adorno.
The Technician still has time to find some improvement, but there is going to be plenty of development against a fighter of Lomachenko's class.
Jessie Magdaleno has had to pull out of his planned undercard clash with Robeisy Ramirez. Olympic silver medallist Richard Torrez Jr is due to be on the card and further bouts will be added closer to fight night.Safer Gambling Week (17-23 October) – Let’s talk about safer gambling. Click here for more information on independent resources. Gamble Responsibly.