Teofimo Lopez efficiently defended his WBO and Ring Journal junior welterweight world titles in a hard-fought battle towards Jamaine Ortiz on Thursday night time on the Michelob ULTRA Area at Mandalay Bay Resort and On line casino in Las Vegas.
Lopez showcased his aggressive fashion all through the match, whereas Ortiz opted for a extra cautious method, leading to restricted exchanges between the 2 fighters.
Regardless of Ortiz’s strategic shift to a southpaw stance and using footwork and jabs to arrange counters, Lopez continued with relentless jabs and proper fingers, albeit struggling to lower off Ortiz’s motion, significantly after the third and fourth rounds.
A conflict of heads within the seventh spherical precipitated a lower above Ortiz’s left eyebrow, slowing his tempo. However, Ortiz continued to land pictures from a distance, whereas Lopez intensified his offensive efforts.
The judges scored the bout unanimously, with one decide scoring it 117-111 and the opposite two scoring it 115-113 in favor of Lopez. Lopez dominated the ultimate three rounds on all three judges’ playing cards.
Lopez needs to struggle Crawford
In an earlier bout, undefeated Olympian Keyshawn Davis delivered a convincing victory over former two-division champion Jose Pedraza, prompting Davis to name for a struggle towards Lopez. Nonetheless, Lopez dismissed the concept and as an alternative expressed curiosity in going through WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
“I gave it my all on the market. I even tried boxing defensively, however Ortiz was reluctant to interact. Glory awaits me subsequent. None of those fighters are keen to step as much as face me,” Lopez declared.
“I am open to going through Crawford at a catchweight. I am right here, I am ready, and I’ve all the time been prepared. At 25, I am youthful, extra enticing, and a two-time unified champion.
“With regards to fighters like Keyshawn Davis, they have not confirmed themselves but. Simply as Vasiliy Lomachenko advised me: To struggle the very best, it’s good to earn a world title. If you wish to problem the king, it’s good to earn your stripes.”