He hardly resembled the boxer who dominated Josh Taylor for his 140-pound title in June, but Teofimo Lopez was fortunate to improve to 20-1 on Thursday in Las Vegas with a unanimous-decision victory over challenger Jamaine Ortiz.
Fight fans at Las Vegas’ Michelob Ultra Arena began Thursday’s WBO junior welterweight title bout by cheering Lopez’s name (‘Teo! Teo! Teo!) only to boo the defending champion by the sixth round of his clownish, lackluster performance.
He then responded to those boos after the controversial win, telling irate spectators: ‘Suck a d*** no-homo!’
It was, unfortunately, the perfect ending for regrettable performance from someone considered to be among boxing’s biggest talents.
It was, unfortunately, the perfect ending for regrettable performance from so
A fight poster for Lopez’s title defense against Worcester, Massachusetts’ Jamaine Ortiz (right)
The immediate fallout of Lopez’s win was a departure from his previous two victories, but not any less bizarre.
After escaping with a debatable split-decision victory over Sandor Martin in 2022, an emotional Lopez was seen asking his corner ‘do I still got it?’
But Lopez didn’t leave any doubt against Josh Taylor in June of 2023, winning the WBO junior welterweight title by unanimous decision at the Madison Square Garden theater. Only in the fallout from this victory, the overjoyed Lopez dropped a surprise retirement announcement on the media.
Reporters didn’t believe Lopez and they were proven right when he announced his fight with Ortiz — a natural lightweight from Worcester, Massachusetts best known for beating Jamel Herring and losing to Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2022.
Keyshawn Davis celebrates after beating Jose Pedraza on Thursday night in Las Vegas
Beforehand, Keyshawn Davis dismantled José Pedraza before earning a stoppage midway through the sixth round.
Davis was lackluster for two rounds before finally getting to Pedraza in the third with a series of body blows along the ropes.
Pedraza would later take successive rights to the temple in the middle of the ring before lowering his head and going into full defensive mode to survive the round.
But it wasn’t until the sixth that Davis unleashed his full fury on Pedraza, who looked every bit his 34 years. The fight was stopped as Pedraza’s defense began to weather under an unrelenting barrage from Davis.
Some fans online criticized the stoppage, but in addition to taking a significant beating, Pedraza appeared to have a sizable cut on the right side of his face.
Keyshawn Davis delivers a right to the head of Jose Pedraza late in their Thursday night bout
Davis, 24, improves to a perfect 10-0 and appears to be entering the title picture at 135 pounds.
‘I’m the best at 135,’ said Davis, who creditted quitting Marijuana for his recent success.
Then he called out the headliner, Lopez, in the ring: ‘Teofimo, you already know I’m coming! You and your father. Let’s set it up.’
Davis went so far as to say he’s willing to fight Lopez at junior welterweight.
‘I’ll come straight to 140,’ Davis said. ‘Let’s go!’