Algieri Defends Teofimo Lopez’s Win, Blames Ortiz’s Style

By Omar Torres - 02/11/2024 - Comments

After WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez’s decision victory over Jamaine Ortiz last Thursday night, boxing expert Chris Algieri chimed in with his thoughts on the outcome, explaining what led to the judges giving him the victory.

While fans were critical of Teofimo’s victory, feeling he didn’t do enough to deserve it, Algieri stated that Teo landed the harder punches and was the one pushing the fight.

In a clash where few punches are thrown, the judges tend to favor the fighter who presses and connects with the bigger shots. Algieri notes that Teofimo led both of those categories.

Algieri: Aggressiveness and Power Favored Teofimo

“Ortiz was very economical with his punches. When you’ve got a fight where there’s not a lot of punches, you’re going to lean towards the guy who is being more aggressive or landing the harder shots. Teofimo filled both of those categories,” said boxing expert Chris Algieri to ProBox TV, discussing WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez’s win over Jamaine Ortiz last Thursday night.

Ortiz seemed to forget that he was the challenger and needed to be aggressive to dethrone the champion, Teofimo.

What made it even more crucial that Ortiz stand and fight is he was facing a popular guy, one of ESPN’s house fighters. All you had to do was listen to the commentators to know that Teofimo was their darling and Ortiz was just wallpaper. He wasn’t supposed to win.

Visual Impact and Ortiz’s Failure to Respond

“Teo was the harder puncher. You could see it all night long. Teo was the one coming forward. A lot of people are going to look at that visually. That’s the guy winning the fight.

“He’s trying to make the fight. So, if you’re not throwing on top of that, you’re going to lose these rounds. He had a bad night against a tough style, and everyone is going to blame the father, said Algieri about Teofimo.

Ortiz’s Strategy Worked

“Teofimo is a counter-puncher. When you have a guy that is going to move on him, he’s going to have trouble. Sandor Martin, Ortiz studied the Sandor Martin style and utilized it very well, and was doing excellent in the first half of the fight.

“Teofimo didn’t learn. They didn’t work on cutting off the ring,” said Algieri.

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