Hackett Cries Foul in Teofimo vs. Ortiz: “He Made Him Look Stupid”

By Robbie Bannatyne - 02/12/2024 - Comments

Trainer Greg Hackett disagrees with the decision win given to WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez over Jamaine Ortiz last Thursday night in the ESPN broadcast show in Las Vegas.

Hackett says he had the challenger Jamaine (17-2-1, 8 KOs) winning 8-4 and made the champion Teofimo (20-1, 13 KOs) “look stupid” in the fight.

The 26-year-old Teofimo was awful, and Top Rank has got to figure out what they will do with him. His behavior has become strange, and his performance dropped off drastically since his win over Vasily Lomachenko in 2020.

Ortiz Dictated the Fight

The judges gave it to Teo by a controversial 12-round decision, with scores of 117-111, 115-113, and 115-113. This writer had Jamaine winning 11-1 against an embarrassingly inept Lopez, who couldn’t land anything all night and came out second-best in every exchange.

Hackett was troubled by the 117-111 score one judge turned in for the fight, who scored it unbelievably 9-3 in Teofimo’s favor.

“Jamaine Ortiz wasn’t going to let Teofimo do what he wanted to him. He saw how Teofimo stepped to him, and he made up his mind, ‘I’m just going to box him,’ and he made him look stupid. He made him miss a whole lot, and he countered him. He [Ortiz] touched him with flurries,” said Greg Hackett to MillCity Boxing, talking about Jamaine Ortiz’s performance last Thursday night in his controversial loss to WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez in Las Vegas.

“Yeah, he didn’t land anything big and flush, but he put his hands on him enough to where Teofimo respected him. Jamaine Ortiz controlled the pace of the fight. He kept it a boxing match and did what he wanted to do.

Lopez Ineffective & Outclassed

“Teofimo didn’t do anything to stop it. Teo didn’t do nothing to stop Jamaine’s rhythm. The same rhythm that Jamaine started the fight with, he finished with. That’s why I gave the fight to Jamaine Ortiz because he was winning the fight easy,” said Hackett.

Teo couldn’t do anything, seeing that that Ortiz was too fast and countering him with speedy combinations.

“Teofimo wasn’t doing anything. He was trying. Otherwise, we would have seen Jamaine’s game plan change, but it didn’t change at all. I had it 8 to 4 Jamaine. It wasn’t close at all. This is how you know it was corruption. 117-111,” said Hackett about the wide score one judge gave to Teofimo.

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