That is according to Bob Arum. The fight will reportedly take place near Mandalay Bay on February 8th 2024 in Las Vegas, just three days before the Super Bowl. Lopez makes the first defense of his title, which he acquired after beating Josh Taylor via a unanimous decision. Lopez was linked with fights against Ryan Garcia and Subriel Matias, but they failed to get made.
Oscar De La Hoya denied sending Lopez a $1.5 million offer to fight Garcia after the ‘Takeover’ claimed he turned it down. A fight with Matias was suggested for February, but the IBF champion pulled out due to a hand injury. Talks are still ongoing for a summer fight.
His opponent, Ortiz, bounced back from his loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko with a win against Antonio Moran in September. It was a hard-fought win, as the boxer was hurt numerous times despite getting a unanimous decision win. Ortiz faces a challenging task against Lopez as he fights for the first time at 140.
“We have a big platform for Teofimo – the week leading up to the Super Bowl is massive. That will be a way to advance Teofimo into big, massive fights for the rest of 2024. And then there is the step-up, tough fight for our rising star Keyshawn Davis,” Arum said
In chief support, Keyshawn Davis faces Jose Pedraza in a lightweight clash. They were expected to fight on December 9, 2023. Davis pulled out after testing positive for marijuana. His win over Nahir Albright was then changed to a no-decision. Pedraza is a two-weight world champion, having previously won belts at super featherweight and lightweight. Pedraza’s last seven fights have been above 135, and he has failed to win in his previous three bouts.
Great line up..
— Up Next 🎤 (@Boxemstopem) December 19, 2023
— PR1991-51🇵🇷RIOS🇵🇷 (@PUERTORICO78751) December 19, 2023
turnin down ryan for this?
— keith (@keithlockn) December 19, 2023