10/29 ESPN: Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jamaine Ortiz / Robeisy Ramirez vs Jose Matias Romero

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Vasiliy Lomachenko, a three-weight world champion, will make his triumphant New York City return in the 12-round main event Saturday, October 29 against undefeated contender Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The 10-round featherweight co-feature sees two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez attempt to author a career-best win against former world champion Jessie Magdaleno.

U.S. Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs), who is coming off a 44-second knockout over Marco Antonio Canedo in August, looks to make it 4-0 in a six-round heavyweight special feature.

Lomachenko-Ortiz, Ramirez-Magdaleno, and Torrez Jr. headline a card that will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+.

Lomachenko was set to fight then-unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. earlier this year, but when Russia invaded Ukraine, he put his boxing career on hold to join a territorial defense battalion in his homeland.

“Vasiliy Lomachenko is a credit to his country and the sport of boxing,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “When his country needed him, Vasiliy did not hesitate. We are thrilled that he is safe and fighting once again at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, his home away from home. Jamaine Ortiz is a young, hungry, undefeated fighter who understands that a victory over a living legend like Loma would be life-changing.”

Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) has a résumé that is unmatched in modern boxing. A two-time Olympic gold medalist for Ukraine, he had a 396-1 amateur record, won a world title in his third pro fight, and became a three-weight world champion in his 12th bout. Lomachenko unified three of the four lightweight titles before a loss to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020 derailed his quest for undisputed supremacy. Last year, he came back with one-sided victories over Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey. Lomachenko is 5-0 at Madison Square Garden Entertainment’s venues, including the win over Commey and his one-sided drubbing over fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux. He arrived in Southern California last month to resume his career and work towards his goal of capturing the undisputed lightweight title, which is currently held by Devin “The Dream” Haney.

Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs), from Worcester, Massachusetts, enters this bout hoping to stun another former world champion on the comeback trail. He last fought May 21 in Las Vegas, wearing down Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring down the stretch to earn a 10-round unanimous decision. Ortiz is a six-year pro who plied his trade on the New England club scene. Three months before the Herring triumph, Ortiz won the NABF lightweight strap with a clear decision win over Nahir Albright. Ortiz made his Top Rank on ESPN debut in April 2021 with an eight-draw against Joseph Adorno, surviving a pair of knockdowns in one of the year’s best action battles.

Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs), from Cienfuegos, Cuba, starred at the 2012 London Olympics alongside Lomachenko. He won the first of his gold medals, while Lomachenko dominantly captured gold medal number two. Ramirez ruled the amateur ranks for another six years before defecting from Cuba. After a stunning loss in his 2019 professional debut against Adan Gonzales, Ramirez has been flawless during a 10-fight winning streak that has seen him avenge the Gonzales loss and crack the top 15 of all four major sanctioning organizations. He authored his most notable victory to date in June at Hulu Theater at MSG, knocking out the previously undefeated Abraham Nova with a left hand in the fifth round. That one-shot knockout propelled Ramirez into the title conversation, and he hopes to get that shot before long. But, first, a former world champion stands in his way.

Magdaleno (29-1, 18 KOs) ascended to the top of the junior featherweight division in November 2016 with his decision victory over Nonito Donaire. His title reign ended at the hands of Isaac Dogboe in April 2018, but he is 4-0 since losing to Dogboe and subsequently moving up to featherweight. He shook off an extended layoff in May to shut out Edy Valencia over eight rounds. A native of Las Vegas who has showcased his talents at many of the city’s most storied venues, Magdaleno will be making his New York City debut against a recently unstoppable train.

In addition to Torrez, three of his Olympic teammates from Tokyo will see action under the lights. Tiger Johnson (5-0, 4 KOs) makes his New York City debut in a six-round junior welterweight bout, featherweight silver medalist Duke Ragan (7-0, 1 KO) steps up in his first scheduled eight-rounder, and Troy Isley (7-0, 4 KOs) tests the junior middleweight waters in an eight-rounder.

Cleveland-born lightweight sensation Abdullah Mason (4-0, 3 KOs) will fight in his first six-rounder, while junior lightweight Haven Brady Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) makes his division debut in an eight-rounder.
 

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Jessie Magdaleno Injured, New Foe Sought For Robeisy Ramirez on Lomachenko-Ortiz Card

BY JAKE DONOVAN
Published Thu Oct 06, 2022, 05:32 PM EDT
Robeisy Ramirez will need a new dance partner for his next assignment.

BoxingScene.com has learned that Jessie Magdaleno is no longer able to go through with his schedule featherweight crossroads bout with Cuba’s Ramirez. An undisclosed injury has forced the former junior featherweight titlist to withdraw from their October 29 ESPN co-feature battle from Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City.

The rest of the show remains intact, including the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jamaine Ortiz lightweight bout in the evening’s main event. Top Rank representatives were not in a position to comment as this goes to publish.

Opponents are being sought to replace Las Vegas’ Magdaleno (29-1, 18KOs), who was aiming for his fifth straight win following his title reign-ending, eleventh-round stoppage loss to Isaac Dogboe in April 2018. The 30-year-old southpaw moved up to featherweight following his lone career defeat, though has run into bad luck even having won his last four starts.

Magdaleno was in position to face Emanuel Navarrete for the vacant WBO featherweight title in 2020 but declined to move forward with the fight. Navarrete outpointed Ruben Villa in October 2020 and still holds the belt. Magdaleno has fought just once since then, an eight-round decision over Edy Valencia on May 21 in Las Vegas.

His next assignment is unknown, as he misses out on yet another golden opportunity to advance his career.

Ramirez (10-1, 6KOs) has rapidly emerged as a featherweight contender, having won ten in a row since shockingly losing his August 2019 pro debut. The two-time Olympic Gold medalist from Cienfuegos, Cuba—who now resides in Florida—dropped a four-round split decision to Adan Gonzales right out the gate but avenged the defeat in a six-round shutout in July 2020.

The last three wins posted by Ramirez are a strong reminder of why he was met with such lofty expectations upon turning pro.

The 28-year-old southpaw scored a ten-round win over then-unbeaten Orlando Gonzalez last October 9 in Las Vegas. It was followed by a sensational third round knockout of prospect Eric Donovan (no relation to this hack) on February 26 in Glasgow before posting his best win to date. Ramirez turned away a stiff challenge from unbeaten Abraham Nova, whom he knocked out in the fifth round of their regional title fight on June 18 at Hulu Theater.

A new opponent for Ramirez is expected to be secured in the coming days.
 

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October 29: Robeisy Ramirez-Jose Matias Romero Confirmed as Lomachenko-Ortiz Co-Feature at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden LIVE on ESPN+

Jessie Magdaleno was forced to withdraw from the Ramirez fight with a hand injury

NEW YORK (Oct 20, 2022) — Rising featherweight contender Robeisy "El Tren" Ramirez will fight Argentina's Jose Matias Romero in a 10-round showdown Saturday, Oct. 29 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Romero replaces former world champion Jessie Magdaleno, who was forced to withdraw from the bout with a hand injury.

Ramirez-Matias will serve as the co-feature to the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jamaine Ortiz lightweight main event, streaming live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.

"The opponent does not matter. I will put on a show October 29 in New York City," Ramirez said. "I have the utmost respect for Romero, who took the fight on short notice. But once we get in that ring, I am coming full steam ahead at him for the win. 'El Tren' will not be derailed."

Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, is coming off a sensational one-punch knockout over Abraham Nova and is closing in on a world title opportunity. Romero (26-2, 9 KOs) has won two fights since back-to-back decision defeats to top lightweights Michel Rivera and Isaac Cruz. He's now at his natural weight and hopes to stun Ramirez under the Garden lights.
 

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Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jamaine Ortiz: Weigh-In Results From New York City​

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BY HANS THEMISTODE
Published Fri Oct 28, 2022, 04:30 PM EDT
Normally stoic in his approach, Vasiliy Lomachenko flashed a bright smile after tipping the scales at 134.6. In what will be his first appearance in the ring since December of 21, the Ukrainian was met by exuberant and joyful cheers. However, just a few moments earlier, Jamaine Ortiz, his upcoming foe and former sparring partner, stood stone-faced as boo’s rained upon him.
Still, in spite of the jeers, the 26-year-old remained unmoved as he checked in at 134 pounds. Having shared the ring with Lomachenko in countless heated sparring sessions, Ortiz has expressed confidence in his ability to hand the former two-time Olympic gold medalist just the third defeat of his career.
Outside of his familiarity with his star-studded opponent, Ortiz’s confidence stems from his most recent showing in the ring.
In what amounted to a career-best showing, Ortiz vaulted to the front of the contender line following his close but clear unanimous decision victory over former champion Jamel Herring. While his standout performance may have led him to the verge of a world title opportunity, Lomachenko has plans of his own.
Having worked his way diligently back into title contention following his loss against Teofimo Lopez in 2020, Lomachenko reeled off two consecutive victories before lending a helping hand to his native of Ukraine in the ongoing Russian invasion. Now, having returned to the boxing world, the 34-year-old could find himself challenging for the undisputed lightweight crown against Devin Haney, should he score the victory come Saturday night.
Below are the weights for the full undercard, which airs live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET.
Robeisy Ramirez (10-1, 6KOs), Gulfport, Florida via Cienfuegos, Cuba, 125.6 pounds vs. Jose Matias Romero (26-2, 9KOs), Cordoba, Argentina, 127.4 pounds—10 rounds, featherweight
Nico Ali Walsh (6-0, 5KOs), Las Vegas, 159 pounds vs. Billy Wagner (5-2, 1KO), Great Falls, Montana, 159 pounds—6 rounds, middleweight
Richard Torrez Jr. (3-0, 3KOs), Tulare, California, 229.4 pounds vs. Ahmed Hefny (13-2, 5KOs), Brooklyn via Alexandria, Egypt, 218 pounds—6 rounds, heavyweight
Duke Ragan (7-0, 1KO), Cincinnati, 128 pounds vs. Luis Lebron (18-4-1, 11KOs), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 128 pounds—8 rounds, featherweight
Troy Isley (7-0, 4KOs), Alexandria, Virginia, 159 pounds vs. Quincy LaVallais (14-3-1, 9KOs), Kenner, Louisiana, 157.4 pounds—8 rounds, middleweight
Abdullah Mason (4-0, 3KOs), Cleveland, 135.6 pounds vs. Angel Barrera (4-0, 0KOs), Chicago, 135 pounds—6 rounds, lightweight
Haven Brady Jr. (7-0, 4KOs), Albany, Georgia, 131 pounds vs. Eric Mondragon (7-0-1, 4KOs), Maywood. California, 130.6 pounds—8 rounds, featherweight
Delante 'Tiger' Johnson (5-0, 4KOs), Cleveland, Ohio, 141.4 pounds vs. Esteban Garcia (15-1, 7KOs), Brawley, California, 139.2 pounds—6 rounds, middleweight
 
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