Bob Arum on Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz: “It was really terrible.”

By Daniel Mcglinchey - 02/10/2024 - Comments

Promoter Bob Arum says last Thursday’s fight between WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez and Jamaine Ortiz was “Really Terrible” for their headliner during Super Bowl week at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

While the fans on social media did think it was a dull fight, most of them seem to be saying that it was a pure robbery, Teofimo got exposed again, and Jamaine should have won by six to ten rounds against the inept WBO 140-lb champion.

Instead of Arum blaming the judges and Jamaine for what took place last Thursday, he needs to take a good hard look at Teofimo and get a clue that he’s not that good.

Arum might be wasting his time trying to single-handedly whitewash the fight’s results, blaming Jamaine for Teofimo’s lack of ability because he can’t convince the fans that Teo looked like the winner. Fans aren’t stupid. Arum needs to get a clue and dump Teofimo.

They know a loser when they see one, and boy, did Teofimo look 100% terrible. Arum should be thinking about dumping Teo because he doesn’t have the talent to beat the best, and mentally, he seems like he’s unraveling.

“A Disgraceful” Performance

Arum, who promotes the 26-year-old Teofimo (20-1, 13 KOs) and is trying to turn him into a true PPV star, claims the scoring was “Disgraceful” and that he felt challenger Jamaine deserved “two rounds, maybe three,” in an interview with Boxingscene.

Ouch! Somebody call the burn ward because Arum roasted Jamaine harder than a Thanksgiving turkey!

“It was really terrible. We’ve had some big fights for us, and he was always very competitive a good warrior,” said Arum, blaming Jamaine Ortiz for Teofimo turning in another dreadful performance.

“This wasn’t a fight. He was running around the ring. That isn’t boxing. I don’t know how the officials scored it as close as they did. At most, I gave [Ortiz] two rounds, maybe three. This was disgraceful.”

Implications for Jamaine Ortiz

Arum’s comments about Jamaine’s performance against Teofimo is a signal that he may not be long with Top Rank unless he changes the way he fights by being more aggressive and entertaining.

That said, if Arum is going to criticize Jamaine for not being an exciting fighter, he needs to do the same for Shakur Stevenson and Keyshawn Davis.

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