Teofimo Lopez beats Jamaine Ortiz, wants Terrence Crawford next

Teofimo Lopez successfully retains his belt, wants Crawford next at catchweight.

by Aryan Lakhani
Teofimo Lopez beats Jamaine Ortiz, wants Terrence Crawford next
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Teofimo Lopez successfully retained his belt against Jamaine Ortiz by claiming a dominating unanimous decision. This was Teofimo Lopez’s first appearance after announcing retirement from boxing; some fans were very impressed with his performance, and some fans had a very difficult time watching the fight.

Both fighters looked sharp and had moments of domination; interestingly, Jamaine Ortiz thought he won the fight and was quite shocked with the judges’ final decision of declaring Lopez the winner by unanimous decision.

Teofimo Lopez wants to fight a credible opponent next, someone who already has a belt under their possession. Lopez is ready to fight Terrence Crawford at catchweight, and it will be interesting to see if that fight materializes before the end of 2024.

Jamain Ortiz has corrections to make; after reflecting on what went wrong in the fight, he will be able to bounce back much stronger.

Teofimo Lopez post-fight interview

During the post-fight interview, Teofimo Lopez shared his thoughts on the recent win and shed some light on what’s next for him.

“I tried my best for the people,” Lopez said, as quoted by boxingjunkie.usatoday.com. “I even tried to box going backward, and he didn’t want to commit. If anybody wants to step in the ring, let’s get it on.

I am champion, I am king, and the king stays king. I am in it for anybody and everybody. Go ahead. You can run. Glory is next for me. None of these guys wanna fight me; I will fight Crawford at catchweight What up? I am here, I am ready, I am hungry, I am younger, I am prettier, and I time first male undisputed world champion at 25.

Teofimo Lopez on fighting Keyshawn Davis

“We are talking about a lightweight, he hasn’t done anything. If you want to fight me you have got to get a title, get a world title I am not gonna give it to you guys”.