Teofimo Lopez taunts booing crowd by saying ‘suck a d*** – no homo!’ after being GIFTED unanimous-decision victory over Jamaine Ortiz to keep his 140-pound title in Las Vegas

He hardly looked like the boxer who dominated Josh Taylor for his 140-pound title in June, but Teofimo Lopez was fortunate to improve to 20-1 with a unanimous decision victory over challenger Jamaine Ortiz (17- 2-1) ).

Fight fans at Las Vegas’ Michelob Ultra Arena began Thursday’s WBO junior welterweight title bout by chanting Lopez’s name (‘Teo! Teo! Teo!) only to boo the defending champion in the sixth round of his antics , lackluster performance.

He then responded to those boos after the controversial win (117-111, 115-113, 115-113), telling angry spectators: ‘Suck ad*** no-homo!’

It was, unfortunately, a fitting end for someone who was once considered one of boxing’s brightest young stars.

“I tried my best for the people,” Lopez told his critics in the crowd. “I even tried to box backwards and (Ortiz) wouldn’t commit.”

Teofimo Lopez trades punches with Jamaine Ortiz for the WBO junior welterweight title

Teofimo Lopez trades punches with Jamaine Ortiz for the WBO junior welterweight title

Teofimo Lopez celebrates defeating Jamaine Ortiz to retain the WBO junior welterweight title

Teofimo Lopez celebrates defeating Jamaine Ortiz to retain the WBO junior welterweight title

The immediate fallout from Lopez’s win was a departure from his previous two victories, but no less bizarre.

After escaping with a debatable split decision victory over Sandor Martin in 2022, an emotional Lopez was seen asking his corner ‘do I still have it?’

But Lopez left no doubt against Taylor in June 2023, winning the WBO junior welterweight title by unanimous decision at the Madison Square Garden Theatre. Only in the fallout of this victory did the elated Lopez drop a surprise retirement announcement on the media.

Reporters didn’t believe Lopez and they were proven right when he announced his fight with Ortiz – a natural lightweight from Worcester, Massachusetts, best known for beating Jamel Herring and losing to Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2022.

Teofimo Lopez celebrates defeating Jamaine Ortiz to retain the WBO junior welterweight title

Teofimo Lopez celebrates defeating Jamaine Ortiz to retain the WBO junior welterweight title

Ortiz barely dominated the fight and only had a slight edge in the CompuBox stats, but Lopez’s 78 connections were his fewest in any 12-round fight.

Lopez may have gotten the best of what little action there was in the first, connecting with a strong left that ended up not seeming to phase Ortiz in the least.

Ortiz bounced back with a strong finish in the second and was even better in the third, delivering a blistering combination to Lopez in the corner and causing some unwarranted jeers from the champion.

But while Lopez outwardly disdained his opponent, he appeared to struggle with Ortiz’s slight reach advantage and quick feet.

Ortiz cornered Lopez again in the fourth round and even won over some fans in the process.

By the fifth, Lopez’s in-ring antics began to jeer with the announced crowd of 6,206, many of whom clearly thought he should be more focused on Ortiz.

The booing continued during a boring sixth round and again after a brief interruption due to an accidental headbutt in the seventh.

Lopez instantly won over the crowd in that frame, but was unable to build on his momentum.

He remained mostly dormant until the 12th, when he finally felt some urgency, only to spend most of the round chasing Ortiz around the ring.

Keyshawn Davis celebrates after beating Jose Pedraza Thursday night in Las Vegas

Keyshawn Davis celebrates after beating Jose Pedraza Thursday night in Las Vegas

Up front, inKeyshawn Davis demolished José Pedraza before earning a stoppage midway through the sixth round.

Davis was passed out for two rounds before finally getting to Pedraza in the third with a series of body shots along the ropes.

Pedraza would later take consecutive rights to the temple in the center of the ring before dropping his head and going into full defense mode to survive the round.

But it wasn’t until the sixth that Davis unleashed his full fury on Pedraza, who looked every bit his 34 years. The fight was stopped when Pedraza’s defenses began to buckle under an unrelenting barrage from Davis.

Some fans online criticized the stoppage, but in addition to taking a significant beating, Pedraza appeared to have a significant cut on the right side of his face.

Keyshawn Davis delivers a right to Jose Pedraza's head late in their Thursday night game

Keyshawn Davis delivers a right to Jose Pedraza’s head late in their Thursday night game

Davis, 24, improves to a perfect 10-0 and looks to enter the title picture at 135 pounds.

“I’m the best at 135,” said Davis, who credited quitting weed for his recent success.

Then he called the main line, Lopez, into the ring: ‘Teofimo, you already know I’m coming! You and your father. Let’s set it up.’

Davis went so far as to say he was willing to fight Lopez at junior welterweight.

“I’ll get right to 140,” Davis said. ‘Let’s go!’