Jamaine Ortiz Vows Knockout Upset, Aims to “Disrupt” Teofimo Lopez’s Reign

By Jamie Eskdale - 02/05/2024 - Comments

Jamaine Ortiz predicts that he’ll knock out Teofimo Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) this Thursday night, February 8th, to capture his WBO light welterweight title on ESPN at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

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Ortiz (17-1-1, 8 KOs) says he lost to Teofimo when the two were in the amateur ranks, and he plans on avenging that loss this Thursday.

It’s difficult to know what version of Teofimo will show up for this fight because he’s been inconsistent since his career-best win over Vasily Lomachenko in October 2020.

That fight took a lot out of Teo physically and mentally, leaving him vulnerable for his defeat against Georoge Kambosos Jr. a year later in 2021.

Jamaine Vows Revenge and Title Glory

“On February 8th, I’m bringing my heart. I’m willing to risk my life in the ring on February 8th,” said Jamaine Ortiz to Fighthype about his title challenge against WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez on ESPN.

“He beat me once [in the amateurs], and I’m going to avenge that loss. I know he talked stuff before when I fought Lomachenko, saying that I wouldn’t last four rounds. Then he wanted to be buddy-buddy with me after the fight, saying I did such a great job,” said Jamaine.

Taking Aim at Teofimo’s Character

“That two-face bull, I don’t mess with it, and on February 8th, he’s going to get a piece of me. On February 8th, I will disrupt it all. I will be crowned champion. It’s a beginning. One name is going to be taken out, and one name is going to be taken in, and it’s going to be Jermaine Ortiz.”

Jamaine took issue with Teofimo being a sneaky backstabber, and he wants to put him in his place. He shouldn’t be surprised that Teofimo took a shot at him behind his back because he tends to rip all fighters, and he also is good at embellishing his credentials.

“Knockout,” said Ortiz when asked for his prediction for his clash against Teofimo. “I got more dog than him. I’m going to show that. I’m a real dog. I feel like Lomachenko beat up Teofimo more in the later rounds than Lomachenko got me in the later rounds.

“I do feel I fought a better version of Lomachenko. Lomachenko wasn’t injured for the fight. He didn’t come with issues after the fight,” said Ortiz.

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