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  • Writer's pictureLiliana Ulloa

The "Takeover' Struggles to Take Over

Teofimo Lopez's Victory Over Jermaine Ortiz: Inconsistency vs Missed Opportunities

Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz

Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Last Thursday, Teofimo Lopez once again demonstrated why he's considered one of the most inconsistent fighters in the sport today. However, to set the record straight, while Lopez's performance might have bordered on mediocrity, labeling the fight as a robbery would be a stretch. My previous predictions and analysis, despite being optimistic about Lopez's victory, had also cautiously noted potential upheavals, underscoring the unpredictability that defines "The Takeover."

The fight itself was somewhat of a disillusionment, primarily due to the high expectations set by Lopez's fight-week trash talk, followed by his extravagant entrance. That moment, unfortunately, turned out to be the pinnacle of entertainment for most watching, both in the arena and at home. The WBO junior welterweight showdown dwindled into a contest where neither fighter displayed any sense of urgency to decisively dominate, turning the fight into more of a circus than the "Greatest Showman" theme Lopez aimed for.

Despite the valid argument that Jermaine Ortiz could have edged out a victory by dictating the fight's pace and making Lopez chase shadows, the fight's dynamics were inconsistent with his lack of any offensive game plan. Ortiz's failure to capitalize on numerous counterpunching opportunities proved early on that his capabilities were limited to only frustrating Lopez, but never punishing him. His performance, while technically sound, lacked the aggression needed to dethrone the "house fighter" in Lopez. This cautious approach, reminiscent of his bout with Lomachenko, saw Ortiz not pressing the action enough to sway the decision convincingly in his favor.

In a sport where you have to (for the most part) convincingly defeat the champion in order to take his belt, Ortiz just didn't seem to get the memo.

Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz

Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Post-fight, Lopez immediately blamed Ortiz's style, rather than addressing the fight's technical shortcomings. He responded to the booing crowd by telling them to sucks his d*ck, before going on a religious, color-blind rant that even topped Keyshawn Davis' anti-weed campaign following his co-main event victory.

Lopez's victory, while securing his position on paper, raises questions about his future in a division stacked with young talent. His fluctuating performances make it increasingly challenging to argue his case as the A-side against the likes of other top contenders and other champions.

This fight, set against the backdrop of an eagerly anticipated bout between Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia, starkly highlights the variance in boxing's appeal and the quest for bragging rights.

In the aftermath, the boxing community is left to debate not only the outcome but also the state of the sport itself. The glaring disparities in scorecards, the expectation of entertainment versus the reality of performances, and the ongoing struggle for boxing to captivate a broader audience with this buffoonery.


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