Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz: Lopez defeats Ortiz to retain WBO super-lightweight world title

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Teofimo Lopez defeats Jamaine Ortiz to retain WBO super-lightweight world title in Las Vegas

Teofimo Lopez unanimously outpointed Jamaine Ortiz to retain the WBO super-lightweight world title in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Judge Steve Weisfeld scored the fight 117-111, while Tim Cheathem and David Sutherland both had it 115-113, an announcement met by a roar of boos from an announced crowd of 6,206 at Michelob Ultra Arena.

Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) was making his first defence of his title and was stepping into the ring for the first time since June, when he beat Josh Taylor by way of a unanimous decision, with the American calling out Terence Crawford after his victory.

Teofimo Lopez unanimously outpoints Jamaine Ortiz to retain WBO junior  welterweight title - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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“I am champion. I am king,” Lopez said. “Glory is next for me. None of these guys want to fight me. I’ll fight (Terence) Crawford at a catchweight. I’m here. I’m ready. I’ve always been ready. I’m younger, prettier, and a two-time unified champion at 25.”

Lopez opened the match fighting downhill, forcing himself upon Ortiz (17-2-1), who was fighting in his first world title match and appeared prepared to challenge Lopez after vowing to knock him out, but then spent much of the fight back peddling.

By the start of the seventh, the left side of Ortiz’s face began to swell. Making matters worse for him, a clash of heads left Ortiz bleeding near his left eye a little more than one minute into the round.

The eighth and ninth rounds were more than frustrating for Lopez, who spent more time chasing Ortiz than fighting him. Ortiz, on the other hand, landed timely counters, getting in and out of combinations to stave off Lopez’s pursuit.

“We cannot for one second claim these people, these fighters that don’t want to come and fight,” Lopez said. “I am a champion. I bleed for this, I sweat for this, and I cry for this every time.”

Teofimo Lopez will defend his WBO super-lightweight world title on February  8th

It wouldn’t be until the 12th round that a steady stream of action with both fighters delivering combinations, Lopez walking through punches to land his own and Ortiz firing back while still moving around the ring.

Lopez landed 78 of 384 punches thrown (21 per cent), two fewer than his opponent from 409 punches (20 per cent), with Ortiz disappointed not to get the result.

“I believe I won the fight,” Ortiz said. “What can I say, I came out on the short end of the stick once again. He couldn’t hit me…he wasn’t landing any shots on me.”