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The promoter is desperate to see a major fight at 140lbs.

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has called for WBO super lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez to face one of his new signings, IBF title holder Subriel Matias.

Lopez made a successful first defence of his title last week with a unanimous decision win over Jamaine Ortiz in Las Vegas. However, Lopez’s performance was met with criticism with some doubting whether he could be a force at 140lbs.

Jamaine Ortiz Teofimo Lopez

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Following his win, Lopez continued to call out for a clash with unified welterweight champion Terence Crawford, but the Nebraska fighter has been quick to dismiss any challenges from Lopez.

Now Hearn has called for Lopez to face Matias in what would be a huge unification fight when detailing his plans for the Puerto Rican during an interview with Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel.

“I want him [Matias] to fight all the big fights at 140lbs,” Hearn said.

“You’ve got the winner of Haney against Ryan Garcia, just give me Teofimo Lopez for Subriel Matias.

“Please if you’re watching this, Teofimo Lopez please fight Subriel Matias, it will make me smile.”

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Two-division world champion Tim Bradley has slammed the judging in Las Vegas after Teofimo Lopez’s controversial victory over Jamaine Ortiz on Thursday night, comparing the contest to a similar fight that had a contrasting result.

Teofimo Lopez made his first successful defence of the WBO super-lightweight title last week when he claimed a unanimous decision win over Ortiz, who was challenging for world honours for the first time in his career.

However, many felt that Ortiz, despite being evasive and reluctant to engage, did enough to pull off the upset, displaying classic ‘hit and don’t get hit’ tactics and only being out-landed in three of the 12 rounds.

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Speaking to Pro Box TV, Bradley highlighted the lack of consistency, after the judges awarded a similarly uneventful contest in favour of Shakur Stevenson against Edwin De Los Santos in November, regardless of De Los Santos attempting to apply the pressure in the bout.

“I am still p***ed off. I have been p***ed off, all weekend long. Serious, you can talk to my colleagues, I have been p***ed off about that decision, Ortiz got robbed. Highway robbery in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Let me tell you something, Shakur Stevenson [versus Edwin] De Los Santos, similar fight, less connections, less punches landed and guess who got the decision? Shakur Stevenson.

“De Los Santos was coming forward just as well as Lopez was, he was missing, he was frustrated, and he [Lopez] got the decision, a unanimous decision.

“These same three judges scored this fight, it was a boxing lesson people, that’s what Ortiz put on, a brilliant boxing lesson with a strategy and he didn’t get the credit for it. Shame, shame, shame on Vegas judges.”

Meanwhile, Teofimo Lopez’s father and trainer, has broadcast his belief that his son won practically every round of the clash.

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Teofimo Lopez and Keyshawn Davis have continued to trade heated words and now new footage has emerged to show one saying to the other that they will ‘f**k you up.’

The first rumblings of dissatisfaction between these two talented fighters came at the weigh-in for Lopez’s fight with Jamaine Ortiz which was a first defence of his world title.

Davis asked Lopez what made him mention his name in a previous interview before a discussion of respect ensued. Though it remained cordial, there were obviously lingering emotions that bubbled over after Lopez controversially beat Ortiz with a below-par showing.

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Teófimo López y su encontronazo con Keyshawn Davis: “Si quieres pelear  conmigo, gana un título”

The fight went the distance, with Ortiz opting to move and stay out of trouble for the most part, and Lopez struggled to effectively hunt him down and land many power shots which has drawn criticism from onlookers such as Terence Crawford.

Now, footage has been shared on X by Top Rank that shows Lopez waving his belts at Davis after the win was announced. Lopez also told Davis to shut up, to which Davis replied.

“I’m not scared of that s**t, boy. I come take that s**t.”

Davis fought on the undercard of the fight and put in another fine performance. He became just the second man to stop Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza after Gervonta Davis and did so in the sixth round before settling down to watch the main event.

Whether or not a fight is brewing between these two, only time will tell.

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Abdullah Mason moved to 12-0 (10 KOs) with an eye-catching knockout on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

The 19-year-old American lightweight prospect made the next step up in his career on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez’s world title defence against Jamaine Ortiz.

And it did not take long for him to make an impression.

Benjamin Gurment was selected as the man given the unlucky task of being Mason’s opponent.

The 31-year-old was also unbeaten at 8-0-3 heading into the bout.

Abdullah Mason begins a promising pro career with a bang - The Ring

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However, it did not take long for him to suffer his first defeat.

Mason punished Gurment early on, pummelling him with ruthless body shots.

Then, the teenager ended the fight in an instant.

With one single lightning-fast left hand, the southpaw knocked his opponent down and out.

Before Gurment knew what was happening, Mason had smashed him to the canvas.

19-year-old 'future of boxing' punishes opponent before ending fight in an  instant with lightning-fast one-punch KO on Teofimo Lopez undercard |  talkSPORT

He tried valiantly to recover, but was clearly unable to fight on and so the referee waved off the contest early.

Both Shakur Stevenson and Ryan Garcia reacted by praising the 19-year-old.

Stevenson tweeted: “I keep tryna tell that he is the FUTURE OF BOXING. And he’s getting more brutal each fight!”

Garcia added: “I have to admit this kid is next.”

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‘Disappointed’ Jamaine Ortiz Questions Teofimo Lopez’s Effectiveness After Controversial Loss

In Las Vegas, a fight night ended in an uproar. Teofimo Lopez retained his title, but not without controversy. Jamaine Ortiz emerged virtually unscathed, his face a testament to evasion. Yet, judges saw a different fight. “Besides his headbutt, my face is clean,” Ortiz declared, questioning Lopez’s effectiveness.

The scorecards—115-113117-111—sparked disbelief. Fans booed, critics fumed. Ortiz felt robbed, hinting at a victory the crowd and his corner saw too. How could a fight so visually one-sided be judged otherwise?

Jamaine Ortiz expects 'the best version of Teofimo Lopez' in their Ring  championship clash - The Ring

In the heated aftermath of the bout, Ortiz didn’t hold back his thoughts. “Disappointed, once again in the boxing game,” he began, his voice a mix of frustration and disbelief. He firmly believed he had dominated the night. “I felt like I won. I felt from the crowd I won, from my team I won, from my corner, just everything around me. I felt like I was dominating the fight,” he remarked.

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Ortiz’s confidence stemmed not just from the crowd’s reaction, but from his own assessment of the fight’s dynamics. “He couldn’t touch me besides his headbutt, my face is clean. Dude couldn’t hit me, not one time, not to the body, not to the head,” Ortiz asserted.

Furthermore, Ortiz elaborated on his tactical superiority. “A lot more effective,” he claimed, detailing his strategy to counter Lopez’s advances. “When he kept coming in, I kept making him miss and then catching him with a check hook. I was landing my jabs, I was keeping him at bay with my jab. Every time at the end of the rounds, I was finishing strong.”

Boxing News: Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz announced for February 8 |  Dictate Sports

CompuBox stats lend weight to Ortiz’s claims. Initially, Lopez threw an average of 12 power punches to Ortiz’s 19 in the first 5 rounds. Lopez upped his aggression, averaging 18 power punches in the following 6 rounds, but Ortiz maintained a consistent performance, averaging 15

Despite Lopez’s late surge of 36 power punches in the final round, the fight’s statistics reveal a closely matched contest. The two fighters landed an equal number of punches in half the rounds, with a minimal separation in the others. Specifically, Lopez landed six more power punches and 21 more body punches overall, whereas Ortiz out-jabbed Lopez by eight.

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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.”

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What time is the Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz fight tonight? Ringwalks, running order, streaming, how to watch

Teofimo Lopez returns to Las Vegas tonight.

Teofimo Lopez is set to make the first defence of his WBO super lightweight title when he faces fellow American Jamaine Ortiz tonight.

Lopez beat Josh Taylor this past Summer to claim the belt and become a two-weight world champion.

If he can make a successful defence with a win over Ortiz, some major fights could present themselves including a meeting with WBC 140lb champion Devin Haney.

How to watch Teofimo vs Jamaine Ortiz, more: Boxing schedule Feb. 6-10 -  Bad Left Hook

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Lopez vs. Ortiz.

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Lopez vs. Ortiz fight date, start time tonight

  • Date : Thursday, February 8
  • Time : 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. UK (Friday)
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 11 p.m. ET / 4 a.m. UK (Friday)

The event is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. UK with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 11 p.m. ET / 4 a.m. UK. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.

What channel/stream is Lopez vs. Ortiz?

  • U.S.: ESPN+
  • UK: Sky Sports

Fans in the U.S. can stream the fight on ESPN+ , while Sky Sports will broadcast the fight in the UK.

Where is the Lopez vs. Ortiz fight tonight?

The fight will take place at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

Teofimo Lopez record and bio

  • Nationality: American
  • Date of birth: July 30, 1997
  • Height: 5′ 8″   
  • Reach: 68.5″   
  • Total fights: 20   
  • Record: 19-1 (13 KOs)   

Jamaine Ortiz record and bio

  • Nationality: American   
  • Date of birth: April 28, 1996
  • Height: 5′ 8″    
  • Reach: 69″   
  • Total fights: 19   
  • Record: 17-1-1 (8 KOs)   

Lopez vs. Ortiz fight card

  • Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz; For Lopez’s WBO world super lightweight title
  • Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose Pedraza; Lightweight
  • George Acosta vs. Rene Tellez Giron; Lightweight
  • Abdullah Mason vs. Benjamin Gurment; Super lightweight
  • Charlie Sheehy vs. Abdel Sauceda; Lightweight
  • Javier Martinez vs. Raul Salomon; Middleweight
  • Alan Garcia vs. Tomas Ornelas; Super lightweight
  • Antonio Zepeda vs. Lemis Isom Riley; Heavyweight
  • Art Barrera Jr. vs. Michael Portales; Super lightweight

 

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