After bursting back into prominence with an upset of Josh Taylor, polarizing pugilist, Teofimo Lopez, makes the first defense of his WBO Super Welterweight title tonight (Thurs., Feb. 8, 2024) against dangerous contender, Jamaine Ortiz, inside Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of tonight’s ESPN+-streamed main card below. The broadcast begins at 10:30 p.m. ET, with Lopez and Ortiz likely to make the walk closer to 11:30 p.m. ET. Bet on boxing at DraftKings Sportsbook.
“The Takeover” experienced one of the more dramatic rises and falls in recent memory, taking three belts from pound-for-pound great, Vasiliy Lomachenko (watch highlights), and promptly dropped them to heavy underdog, George Kambosos Jr. (see it here). The defeat sent him from Lightweight to Super Lightweight, where he scored a pair of uninspiring wins before out-classing Taylor in June 2023.
Lopez has not been shy with his callouts, naming the likes of division bogeyman, Subriel Matias, as potential targets, but first he has to get past Ortiz. “The Technician” notably sent former Lightweight champion, Jamel Herring, into retirement in 2022 and pushed Lomachenko to the limit five months later.
The co-feature sees Olympic silver medalist, Keyshawn Davis — considered one of boxing’s brightest prospects — face his toughest challenge to date in veteran Jose Pedraza.
Lopez Vs. Ortiz Quick Results:
Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz
Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose Pedraza — Davis def. Pedraza by TKO at 1:09 of Round Six
Lopez Vs. Ortiz Round-By-Round Updates:
WBO Super Lightweight Championship: Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz
Lightweight: Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose Pedraza
Round one: Pedraza stings Davis with an early right hand as Davis pumps teh jab. Clinch. Lots of head movement from both. Another sharp right by Pedraza met by a fast two-piece. Trading in the center. They’re staying at point-blank range, neither man getting a clear advantage. Halfway through. Nice body shots from Davis met by one from Pedraza. Lots of clinching. as Pedraza steps inside. Good exchange. 10-9 Pedraza.
Round two: Pedraza trying to get inside and smother. Heavy left hand by Davis. Lead left into the clinch by Pedraza, then a swatting right hand. Stiff right jab, forcing Davis back. He lunges in head first and they collide in the corner. Pedraza punches into the clinch again. Halfway through. Solid counter 2-3 by Davis. 1-2-3. Pedraza tries to flurry inside. Davis doing a better job of staying out of the clinch and sharpshooting. Hard body shot, then a combo upstairs. Stiff jabs, both men rip the body inside. Sharp right hand from Davis to end the round. 10-9 Davis, 19-19.
Round three: Davis seems to have found his groove, preventing Pedraza from tying up and landing sharp combinations. Heavy right hand forces Pedraza back and Davis sits down on some bombs. Heavy body shots into a 1-2. Davis just clubbing Pedraza, who finally wakes up and comes back with a series of body shots. Solid right hand, then a couple of lefts from “The Sniper.” Halfway through. Rapid-fire from Davis in center ring. Pedraza looking to get inside and fire his own but he’s getting outgunned. Pedraza’s still advancing and throwing volume but there’s so much more on Davis’ shots. Hard double left by Davis, then a right to cap things off. 10-9, 29-28 Davis.
Round four: Pedraza continuing to pursue, but not landing anything significant. Davis potshotting off his back foot. Pedraza wades into the clinch, eats body shots. Davis not showing the same vigor as the last round but still landing well. Halfway through. Pedraza lands some body shots, eats heavier shots from a suddenly switched-on Davis. More crisp combinations to the head and body from Davis. Sharp check hook in the corner. One last exchange. 10-9, 39-37 Davis.
Round five: Pedraza continues to push forward but it’s all arm punches from him. They trade at close range before the ref breaks them up. Straight punches from Davis, clinch. Check hook, pull counter, clinch. Halfway through. Davis staying on his bike, lands a two-piece in the center. 2-3-pivot, trading in the clinch. Crisp combos before the bell. 10-9, 49-46 Davis.
Round six: There’s not much entertainment to be found at this point; Pedraza doesn’t have enough on his shots to make his pressure effective and Davis seems to have resigned himself to not finding the knockout, so it’s just Pedraza marching forward, Davis picking him off, and clinching. As I type that, a 1-2 finally stings Pedraza and Davis goes back on the attack. 1-2 sends Pedraza staggering to the corner and in comes the ref for the save.
Final result: Davis def. Pedraza by TKO
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