Tim Bradley Disagrees With Judges: Ortiz Deserved Lopez Victory

Tim Bradley has hit out at the decision to give Teofimo Lopez a unanimous decision win over Jamaine Ortiz.

The Takeover defended his WBO Junior Welterweight Title with a comfortable win on all three judges’ scorecards: 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. But the perception was that Ortiz had outboxed Lopez, frustrating him, as the champion was not landing enough punches.

While Ortiz did land two more punches, Lopez was ahead on the power punches as he landed six more, giving him the decision. Ortiz was deemed not to have done enough to take the champion’s belt in his backyard. Both fighters had a conflicting narrative over how they saw the fight. But Bradley was firmly behind Ortiz as the winner. 

“The reason Ortiz won the fight is he controlled every aspect of the fight. He’s the one that made the fight what it was. A lot of these rounds were scored on effective aggression. Now, you can be aggressive on your back foot, making the guy miss, making the guy pay with counters, and that’s exactly what Ortiz did.

“It’s called being the ring general. The problem was, Jamaine’s name isn’t Sugar Ray Leonard, Shakur Stevenson, and Floyd Mayweather. It’s the fact that his name is Ortiz. That’s what it is,” Bradley said

Ortiz has declared his intention to have a rematch, but Lopez has other plans. Teofimo Lopez Sr. wants his son to face the WBC Junior Welterweight Champion, Devin Haney, in a summer unification. That could well play out if Haney beats Ryan Garcia on April 20, leaving Ortiz to ponder over his performance. 

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