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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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Six-Time World Champ Comes out of Retirement

A former six-time World Boxing champion from Miami is making a highly anticipated comeback to the sport at the ripe age of 40 years old, as part of a mission to reclaim the title once hers and raise the caliber of women’s professional boxing.

Puerto Rico-born Melissa Hernandez has been living in Miami for the last nine years, building a name for herself as one of the region’s most reputable boxing instructors—teaching a hardened class of fitness enthusiasts at the Continuum on South Beach Sporting Club for the last three years. As someone who is self-confessed as Married to Boxing, Hernandez now yearns for gold again, since retiring from the sport in 2016 and while keeping a watchful eye on the women rising up the ranks with utmost contempt for whom she considers as not that great.”

Last year, Melissa re-laced her gloves and returned to her New York gym to resume training at Gleason’s in Brooklyn, where she sparred at the height of her career. While considering Miami her home, she regularly travels to New York to train with her eye on the prize, after recently becoming the number one contender for the World WBC Welterweight Title, currently held by American fighter, Jessica McCaskill. With her new Las Vegas-based manager and promotor in New York behind her, Melissa is determined to de-throne the reigning champion when boxing resumes in the wake of COVID-19.

I decided to retire in 2016 after winning all the titles in my weight class because the purse that came with the glory was ridiculously low says Melissa when asked why she threw in the towel. “I decided to return to the sport because I’ve seen how competitively weak the field has now become and I want to change that. I love working with my classes at the Continuum Sporting Club in Miami Beach and I’ve seen the passion and hard-working talent that comes from Miami as a city with a strong boxing history. I like pushing the envelope and my body and mind feels just as able as I was ten years ago.”

Melissa moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx in New York with her family in 1984. Melissa’s mother was as scientist and father a psychologist and she attended the Bronx Community College, but dropped out to pursue her love for the arts and a career in film, video and photography after an internship at the Whitney Museum at the age of 15 years old. Melissa wanted to be an editor in film but ended up in the fashion business working for the likes of Patagonia and The GAP in New York City for four years until she was 22 years old.

Melissa admired fellow Puerto Rican boxer, Héctor Camacho, and began hanging-out with friends at a local boxing gym in the Bronx. In 2002 at 22 years old, Melissa started sparring with a trainer who saw tremendous potential and encouraged her to train for participation in the prestigious New York Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Madison Square Garden where she lost in the final. Melissa grew to enjoy her time in the ring and realized she was made for boxing.

After fighting at the USA Boxing Nationals as an amateur, Melissa became certified by USA Boxing in 2003 to train amateur boxers, but was determined to continue with her own career in Florida where she was scouted by a number of trainers. Melissa continued to hone her boxing skills for a year before moving back to New York City, where she continued her training in the Bronx at The Webster Police Athletic League Center. Melissa won the New York Golden Gloves tournament over two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005 and turned pro in the winter of 2005 under the mentorship of trainer Belinda Laracuente. Melissa began training as a professional at the renowned Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn and fought her first WBA Junior Welterweight World Title fight against Kelsey Jeffries in 2006. In the same year, Melissa claimed her first title and became the WIBA Super Bantamweight World Champion after beating Lisa Brown in Edmonton, Canada. By 2008, Melissa became the top ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world and would travel the globe defending her titles and claiming many more along the way, before moving to Florida in 2011 where she would train at the world famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.

After winning six World Boxing titles over a ten-year period, Melissa decided to hang up her gloves in 2016, citing how female boxers were financially being treated unfairly. Over the next several years, Melissa would concentrate on being a successful boxing instructor, teaching at local gyms throughout Miami and building her individual client base for one-on-one instruction. Melissa’s elite talent as a boxing instructor was spotted by a fellow trainer who introduced her to the Continuum Sporting Club in Miami Beach, where Melissa would become immensely popular among the residents and homeowners at the luxury beachfront community.

Last year, Melissa resumed her training at Gleason’s Gym in New York City in her quest to reclaim the WBC Welterweight title that she hopes will be planned for later this year, after winning her first comeback fight in Louisiana in 2019. Known as Melissa “HuracanShark” Hernandez, her previous titles include: WIBA Super Bantamweight, GBU Lightweight World Title, WIBA Lightweight World Title, WIBA Super Featherweight World Title, WBA Intercontinental Featherweight Title, WIBA Interim Lightweight Title, IBS Light Welterweight World Title, WBC Featherweight World Title and UBF Super Lightweight World Title.

While age 40 is considered old for women’s boxing, this doesn’t deter Melissa, who wants to continue fighting for another two years until she claims the one or more titles she vows to bring home to Miami. Her long-term plans are to open her own boxing studio while continuing to paint and discover new art galleries in her spare time. Melissa lives in Miami Beach, Florida and is currently single.

Casio G-Shock Introduces New MT-G

CASIO G-SHOCK INTRODUCES A NEW CONNECTED MT-G IN VIBRANT RED COLORWAY

Latest Model Unveils New Band and Case Structure with Colorful Accents for Spring  

Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces the latest timepiece to join its luxury men’s MT-G line. The MTGB1000B-1A4 features an all-new bright red urethane band, as well as black IP case with silver and red accents on the dial to provide a combination of style, toughness and practicality.

G-SHOCK’s premium MT-G line adds a hint of sophistication to any look, with the latest watch from the series offering striking red details, the brand’s Tough Movement technology and a lightweight core guard structure, featuring box frame with a carbon-fiber reinforced resin case for a design that can comfortably be worn from day to night.

The MTGB1000B-1A4 includes Two-Way Time Sync technology, which combines self-adjusting Multi-Band 6 Atomic timekeeping and Bluetooth connectivity, which pairs with the G-SHOCK Connected App for an accurate hour/date display virtually anywhere on the globe. The timepiece also boasts tough solar technology for self-charging capabilities and premium features found within all MT-G models, including Triple G Resist to guard against shock, vibration and centrifugal forces, and sapphire crystal to enhance scratch resistance.

The MTGB1000B-1A4 comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:

  • 200M water resistance and shock resistance
  • Super Illuminator
  • Dual Dial Display
  • Super Illuminator LED Light
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • Daily alarm
  • Full auto calendar
  • World time (39 TZ + 27 cities)

The MTGB1000B-1A4 will retail for $900 and be available for purchase beginning in May at select high-end jewelers and gshock.com.

About G-SHOCK

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.” www.gshock.com

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casio.com/home.

SmartBuyGlasses

Different personalities suit different sunglasses. That’s why, this Friendship Day, SmartBuyGlasses has listed some of the best selling frames that will be perfect for your best friends.

Can’t live with them, wouldn’t dream of living without them. No matter if you’ve known them from birth or picked them up along the way; friendships are what really make the world go round. The support systems you develop with these precious few human beings are what sustain you throughout your life. They pick you up when you fall, laugh at you when you deserve it, and laugh with you every day. So, what better way to celebrate them than dedicating a whole day in their honor?

Because there isn’t just one type of ‘friend’, there can’t just be one type of eyewear to match them. That’s why we’ve gone to special lengths to find the perfect pair of sunnies for the friends that we just know you have.

The sports freak $82

Gym maniac, road runner, or just all round athletic champion; everyone has that special friend who motives them to better themselves. As well as making you feel like a massive failure on those odd days when all you want to do is eat ice cream on the sofa.

For these friends, it’s important to get them frames that can be used during strenuous physical activity, that are both lightweight and durable, and are of flawless aerodynamic design. For this friend we recommend a pair of Under Armour Menace sunglasses. Made from the highest quality materials, they provide long wear comfort and full UV protection.

The party animal $170

These sexy little Lolita frames are for the friend who knows how to have a wild night every night. The one who drags you out of your pyjamas into the light, and whose number is on speed dial when you’re looking to have a night to remember.

Hot red cat eye frames coupled with silver lenses are right on trend and will make sure she stands out in a crowded room. She’ll love you forever for this nifty little gift.

Literary genius $163

Some people are the educators, others are the educatees. Everyone has that one friend who always make you feel like the latter. They sharp, they’re witty, they’re unbelievably learned, and they always have something new to tell you every time you meet. Embrace the education and be proud of your clever friend! Show them you love them by getting them these bookish, intellectual sunnies from Ray Ban. Made from high quality acetate, with crystal lenses, they are perfect for everyday wear.

Total diva $29

You know who I’m talking about. You love them, you’re loyal to them, but you’ve never rolled your eyes quite so much around someone else. It’s either the on again off again boyfriend, the obligatory billion selfies every time she draws breath, or the constant drama on every social media platform going. Annoying as they can be though, you know you couldn’t be without them and their amazing ability to hold the spotlight, or their charismatic confidence that rubs off on you every time they’re around.

Love them for who they are and let them thrive in these stunning LMNT polarized shades that were clearly designed for the divas. The oversized pale pink cat eye lenses coupled with the golden bridge provide that sultry seductive air that all divas crave.

Future president $153

And finally, we have the overachievers; the ones who always outshine you no matter what. Whether it be in sports, academics, or charitable works; they’re always leading the pack. They’re a formidable force and you’re glad you’re on their good side. They’re 100% strong willed enough to be able to lead the country one day, and you know they’d do a wicked good job at it.

These no nonsense Aviators are perfect for this type of bestie. Worn by presidents throughout the ages, they’re short hand for power and ice cool composure. The wooden detail on the double brow bar providing that extra detail that lifts them above your standard aviator frames.

If none of these frames catch you eye, then there are plenty more to choose from at SmartBuyGlasses. Get your friend the perfect pair this Friendship day!

Roadtrip Ready!

Check out some of the essential things you need for your roadtrip this summer!

PediPocket $59.99

Stay warm and comfortable on your next road trip with PediPocket! This Ultra plush velvet seat fleece blanket has a clever 20-inch pocket that will keep your feet warm and is nearly 6 ft long, ideal for the smallest to tallest person.

nodpod $25

Catch up on your zzzz’s with nodpod! It delivers the power of Weighted Sleep Therapy in a unique shaped, microbead filled eye pillow, nodpad allows you to sleep comfortably in any position! Weighted Sleep Therapy is the way your body response to gentle, constant pressure. This is why hugs feel good and why babies experience relief while swaddled. Weighted Sleep Therapy naturally reduces Stress and Anxiety while promoting deep restful sleep.

SafeGo $39.95

Take comfort in knowing your valuables are safe during your vacay. SafeGo is a portable, lightweight safe designed to be durable, resistant to water, sand, and salt. It features of patent lock, custom combination, key access, and convenient to your earphone and charger accessibility.

Mouth Watchers $5.99

Packing up for your next road trip? Wherever you go, let Mouth Watchers maintain your mouth healthy! Doctor Plotka’s designed this toothbrush with anti-microbial Bristol’s to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows in between uses. These bristol’s are ten times thinner to reach and brush away food and plaque in those hard-to-reach areas!

Laundreez $30

Wherever the wide-open road may take you, let Laundreez help keep your suitcase light! Thanks to an inventive new way to wash your clothes, you can just pack the essentials because you can have clean clothes wherever you go! Laundries is a self-contained laundry system- no washer, no dryer needed! Just throw your clothes in the bag, add a few drops of detergents, let it sit, shake and drain. You rinse in the same bag, drain, squeeze and hang to dry.

Sweatopause $30

Don’t let hot flashes ruin your road trip! With Sweatopause, you are wearing a fashionable scarf and cooling down your skin at the same time! Thanks to its patented coolcore technology, the more you sweat, the more Sweatopause cools you off. When the fabric is wet with sweat or water, it’s cooling magic can begin. The super comfortable, stretchy fabric cools 30% below your skin temperature like a delightful blast of air conditioning right when you need it most.

Showaflops $32

This road trip, avoid stepping in public showers, pools, bathrooms! Keep your feet healthy with Showaflops. They have unique drainage holes for faster drying flops and antimicrobials to help protect feet from bacteria on floors and prevent odors. It also has slip-resistant soles for safer trips on wet slippery floors.

Vessel’s NEW Boston Duffel $265

Let Vessel help you take all your things on this road trip! This signature piece has unique features including a 300 degrees zippered compartment! Keeping your daily essentials secured and organized for your next trip, rep your favorite colors with an expansive collection of color ways and material.

Boardshorts with integrated bottle opener

BBO (Boardshort Bottle Opener) is a men’s swimwear line with a bottle opener attached to the inside of the pocket flap. Made from 2-way and 4-way stretch fabric, BBO shorts are durable and lightweight. Available in several different styles, the Mano and Reel styles have a plier pocket that is perfect for fishing. 

Worn by professional surfer Pancho Sullivan, the shorts are great for any kind of water sports, BBQ’s and beach days. The bottle opener is made out of Stainless Steel and will not tarnish in the water. 

The shorts are all $48 and available online at www.bboshorts.com 

REEBOK × FUSION FLEXWEAVE

REEBOK COMBINES TWO SIGNATURE RUNNING TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE THE NEW FUSION FLEXWEAVE

 

In April, Reebok launched the latest addition in the Flexweave franchise with the FusionFlexweave. This innovative running shoe unites the flexible yet durable Flexweave material with the ultimate cushioning of Floatride technology, to create the ideal running combination for any athlete.

Reebok’s proprietary Flexweave technology uses an open figure-8 construction that interlocks unlimited strands of fibers to create a single surface construction that serves as the ideal upper for this multi-use running shoe.

The material provides the coveted balance of lightness, durability, fit and stability for quick and powerful speed workouts. It is complemented by the Floatride technology, which is embedded in the shoe’s sole to deliver a seamless integration of cushioning and responsiveness for superb comfort. When the two are combined, the end result is a durable yet comfortable running shoe that can support a variety of workouts. The Fusion Flexweave is the ideal choice for the athlete who expands their fitness regimen past the treadmill or pavement, but is ultimately a runner at their core.

Additional key features in the Fusion Flexweave include:

•   Performance Upper: Flexweave upper delivers a functional lightweight support structure with added durability

•   Multi-Directional Support: meta split outsole provides support and flexibility for multi-dimensional movement

•   Ultimate Cushioning: midsole features Floatride Technology for ultimate cushioning experience

The Fusion Flexweave is now available for $120 on Reebok.com.

WANT Les Essentiels

INTRODUCING THE WANT LES ESSENTIELS NYLON TECH COLLECTION : Designed to withstand life’s daily adventures, the WANT Les Essentiels Nylon Tech series is the infamous collection of durable and strong, yet super-soft to the touch nylon accessories. The collection, which features water & tear resistant nylon, is designed with the intent of safeguarding everyday essentials, no matter the climate. The fabric is crafted in Italy with the intention of delivering accessories that have maximum strength and durability while remaining lightweight and smooth to the touch. 

 

Canteen Green, the new Spring/Summer 2018 colorway offering for the technical nylon collection launching with the Spring/Summer 2018 season, brings an update to an array of the brand’s signature staples. A standout is the Hartsfield Weekender Tote, a bag that excels with its clean design and simple shape, making the perfect travel companion. Streamlined design means plenty of room to pack all your essentials, while a highly ergonomic design promises extra comfort and ease. With Italian leather details, all-leather base and handles, this signature WANT Les Essentiels tote is an extra-durable travel solution with a subtle touch of luxury.

 

Along with the Hartsfield Weekender, the Nylon Tech Collection has expanded to incorporate the brand’s signature O’Hare tote, Kastrup backpack, Haneda briefcase, Kenyatta dopp kit, and Florio computer case. Styles are available in either Canteen Green and/or classic Black and range in price from $195.00 for the Kenyatta to $495.00 for the Kastrup. Pieces are available for purchase via www.WantLesEssentiels.com.