Jamaine Ortiz: I May Move Up To 140, Might Stay at 135 For Big Fight

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Resorts World Las Vegas - Youth toppled experience, as the 26-year-old Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz defeated former world champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring by 10-round unanimous decision in the lightweight co-feature (96-94 and 97-93 2x). 

Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs), from Worcester, Massachusetts, entered the fight as the betting favorite, but , he and Herring (23-4, 11 KOs) fought on mostly even terms in the early going. They clashed heads on multiple occasions, but as the fight wore on, it was Ortiz who was quicker on the trigger. From the seventh round on, it was all Ortiz, who won the final four rounds on all three scorecards to secure the career-defining victory.

“I still got a lot of work to do. I’m just growing and going at the pace I’m going. I gotta learn quick. I gotta pick things up a little bit. I’m not afraid of challenges, and I’m here to prove I’m the best to myself, not anyone else,” Ortiz said.

“I feel like I could’ve done a lot better, a lot cleaner {of a} performance. I’m hard on myself. I’m always going to be hard on myself. Much respect to a former world champion. That was an achievement I wanted to do in my career.”

Ortiz may now move up to junior welterweight unless a big fight comes along at 135.

“I think I may move up to 140, but if there’s a big fight for a championship or a big name, I may stay at 135,” Ortiz said.

Herring, who lost his world title in a one-sided stoppage loss to Shakur Stevenson last October, indicated this fight would likely be his last.

“He was just quicker on the trigger. He had a better output. I wasn’t tired or anything. He just beat me to the draw. I have to think about it, but tonight, I don’t think I am where I need to be. Jamaine was just the better man. Maybe this is it,” Herring said.

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