Jamaine Ortiz scores UD win over Jamel Herring, who hints at retirement
Lightweight Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz scored a unanimous decision victory over former WBO junior lightweight titleholder Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring tonight in Las Vegas. The judges scored the bout 96-94 and 97-93 twice for the Worcester, Massachusetts, native.
“I still got a lot of work to do,” Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 knockouts) said after the fight, “but I’m not afraid of challenges and I’m here to prove that I’m the best to myself, not anybody else.
“Much respect to a former world champion. I hope people recognize me and I get higher-profile fights after this fight. I think I might move up to 140 pounds but if there is a good fight at 135 for a world title, I’ll stick around.”
Herring (23-4, 11 KOs), who was fighting with new trainer Manny Robles in his corner for the first time, and at 135-pounds for the first time since 2017, said he couldn’t let his hands go.
“[Ortiz] was just quicker on the trigger. He had a better output. I wasn’t tired or anything; he just beat me to the draw.”
When asked about retirement, Herring wouldn’t commit to an answer but definitely dropped hints. “I have to think about it but, after tonight, I just don’t think I’m where I need to be at.”
After a quick start from the former 130-pound titlist in the opening round, Ortiz immediately worked his way back into the fight in the second. Things were tight in the third and fourth but Ortiz seemed to find his rhythm in the middle rounds. Meanwhile the veteran appeared to be slowing down toward the end of the bout.
Ortiz made a statement in the final two rounds, landing 90 punches in the ninth and 10th. His 46 connects in the final round were the most ever landed by a Herring opponent.
CompuBox credited Ortiz with landing 186 of 596 total punches (31%) including 54 body connects, compared to 115 of 429 (27%) for Herring (37 body shots).
Ortiz vs. Herring served as the co-main of the Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Danny Dignum card. The Top Rank card was broadcast on ESPN.
In the TV opener, welterweight prospect Delante “Tiger” Johnson made short work of Agustin Gerbaldo Kucharski, stopping him in the third round of a six-round bout. Johnson (4-0, 3 KOs), a member of the 2020 USA Olympic Team from Cleveland, Ohio, dropped Kucharski (8-5-1, 3 KOs) twice in the third to score the TKO 3 victory.
Other undercard results as follows:
Glendale, California, native Adam Lopez improved to 16-3 (6 KOs) with a unanimous decision win over William Encarnacion (19-3, 15 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout.
Carlos Balderas improved to 13-1 (11 KOs) with a unanimous decision win over Ruben Cervera (13-3, 11 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight bout.
Former WBO junior featherweight titleholder Jessie Magdaleno improved to 29-1 (18 KOs) with a unanimous decision win over Edy Valencia Mercado (19-7-6, 7 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight bout.
Giovani Cabrera remained undefeated (20-0, 7 KOs) with a UD 8 win over Elias Damian Araujo (21-5, 8 KOs) in a lightweight bout.
Another 2020 American Olympian, Duke Ragan, improved to 6-0 (1 KO) with a UD 4 win over Victorino Gonzalez (5-3, 2 KOs) in a featherweight bout.
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