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Jamaine Ortiz Illustration for 360 Magazine by Kaelen Felix

Q×A with Jamaine Ortiz

Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz, an up and coming, 23-year-old boxer, is making his name in the world of boxing. After growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts, the young boxer turned pro in 2016. His amateur record is 100-14 and he has already won many awards for his skill.

During the recent Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight that was shown on pay-per-view, Ortiz was victorious over Sulaiman Segawa of Silver Spring, Maryland. After scoring a technical knockout in the last 10 seconds of the seventh round, Ortiz gained the WBC USNBC Silver lightweight title. This was his first fight outside of New England and he certainly made himself known in the fighting community. After winning this fight, Ortiz jumped from 76th to 44th in the world for the lightweight division. If he keeps winning, Ortiz is predicted to fight for a major world title by late 2021.

360 Magazine sat down with Ortiz to ask him questions about his professional career, personal life and future.

What was your upbringing like? Was there always a focus on athletics?

I started boxing at seven years old, and I was always an athletic kid, playing sports and outside.

Where did you learn to box?

I learned how to box at the Boys & Girls Club of Ionic Ave.

Why boxing?

I use to get into fights as a kid, I like that its a one on one sport I don’t have to rely on anyone. Over time, I noticed I was winning a lot and kept it going.

Who are your role models, boxing or otherwise?

My role model was my coach Carlos Garcia.

You’re currently the Undefeated World Boxing Youth World lightweight champion. What does this accomplishment mean to you?

I’m actually the former Youth World lightweight champion due to my age since I turned 24 last April, currently, I hold the WBC USNBC Silver lightweight title. The accomplishment is just a stepping stone, I have far more to go and I understand its a process and this is part of the process.

Your nickname is ‘The Technician’ where does this come from?

A technician is a person skilled in an art or craft by dictionary standards and when it comes to boxing, and me being a carpenter, I’m now an active trader. It was a perfect fit since everything I do, including things in my personal life, I’m technical about it. So it’s a name that reflects more than just boxing.

You’ve been boxing competitively for more than a decade. How have you evolved during that time, technique-wise and also personally?

Time is the mother of greatness, practicing repeatedly overtime is only natural; I’m going to get better.

How has your career been impacted by COVID-19 and 2020?

Luckily I was able to get a fight right before the impact of covid came I didn’t get to fight as much as I normally would. I probably would have had about 4 fights in a year but I had two with the last one being a great exposure bout.

Tell us about your interests outside of boxing.

I enjoy nature and I spend most of my time with family. Always working on self-development, a lot of stocks, and trying to find real estate deals.

Do you still have Olympic aspirations? What are your future boxing goals?

Olympics of boxing is an amateur sport but recently I think in 2016, they allowed pros to compete but it is heavily dominated by amateurs. In the next year, I see myself becoming World Champion at the lightweight Division and reaching for that pound for pound list.

What is your go-to move in a fight?

Not sure, probably switching from orthodox to southpaw.

What makes you unique as a boxer?

My ability to switch stances easily and my technique.

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Marvel × Quidd

The Marvel Universe Expands To Quidd: Collect All Your Favorite Characters Now!

 

Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and more are now available as limited-edition digital stickers, GIFs and cards.

 
Today, Marvel Entertainment, LLC and Quidd, Inc announced a wide-ranging partnership that brings the best of the Marvel Universe to Quidd’s growing community of superfans and collectors.

 
“We’re incredibly excited to finally announce this news, bringing the Marvel Universe to the Quidd community has been one of our goals since the very beginning,” said Michael Bramlage, co-founder and CEO of Quidd. “Our user base is growing fast and becoming more diverse every day, but the one thing the entire Quidd community has in common is a love of all things Marvel.”

 
“This is really unlike anything our fans have ever seen,” said Julie Gerola, VP/GM Marketing & Digital Operations at Marvel. “By allowing fans to connect with each other over the characters they love, Quidd brings Marvel to life in an entirely new way.”

 
First editions of these limited edition iMessage stickers, GIFs and digital trading cards are available to Marvel fans today in Quidd’s free app (http://app.quidd.co/jn6g/UkN04cyymG). In the coming months, nearly 100 different Marvel characters will be turned into limited-edition digital items and made available to own on Quidd. Marvel fans can collect and express themselves by trading for sets of cards or stickering them into their iMessage chats, but they should act quickly: each item is individually-serialized and only a limited number will be produced.

 
Founded in 2015, Quidd’s Blockchain-like approach creates true scarcity and serendipity, bringing real meaning to the ownership of objects in the digital world. “Owning stuff you love is part of being human and at Quidd, we’re increasingly finding that for young people, digital stuff is more important than physical stuff,” said Bramlage. “These items are very personal because they are one of a kind, something that no one else has. Whether it’s a concert poster, a sports jersey, or limited-edition Spider-Man GIFs on your iPhone, our collections are a fun way for us to express ourselves as individuals.”

 
The Marvel collection is available via the Quidd app: http://app.quidd.co/jn6g/UkN04cyymG

 

About Quidd

Quidd is the leading platform for buying, trading and showing off digital goods. Available as a free app on iOS and Android devices, the Quidd experience is designed for fan bases to come together and express their passion for the characters, shows, movies and comic books they love. The platform’s digital stickers, cards and toys feature characters and content from the best names in entertainment, including: Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Rick and Morty, Family Guy, Breaking Bad, Marvel and more. Quidd was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit quidd.co.

 
About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.