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  Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz
Final Press Conference


The "Showman" is ready to kick off Big Game Weekend by settling unfinished business.

Teofimo Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) will defend his WBO and Ring Magazine junior welterweight titles against Jamaine Ortiz (17-1-1, 8 KOs) on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (9-0, 6 KOs) faces Puerto Rican former two-division world champion Jose ďSniperĒ Pedraza (29-5-1, 14 KOs).

Lopez-Ortiz & Davis-Pedraza will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

The ESPN+-streamed undercard (6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT) will feature a gamut of up-and-coming talents:

Javier "Milwaukee Made" Martinez (9-0-1, 3 KOs) will take on Raul Salomon (12-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight clash.

Unbeaten lightweights Abdullah Mason (11-0, 9 KOs) and Charlie Sheehy (8-0, 5 KOs) will return in separate eight-round fights. Mason will square off against Benjamin Gurment (8-0-3, 5 KOs), while Sheehy faces Abdel Sauceda (12-3, 8 KOs).

Lightweight prospect Alan "Kid Kansas" Garcia (10-0, 8 KOs) will risk his unbeaten record in a six-rounder versus Tomas Ornelas (7-3, 5 KOs).

At Tuesday's press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.

Teofimo Lopez


ďIím the big clown of the sport of boxing. Iíve got to make everyone laugh. Iíve got a big nose for a reason.Ē

ďItís great to be back. Iím glad to see the talents coming through. But this is only the beginning for me. Iím 26 years young. Iím not even in my prime yet.Ē

ďWe have a tremendous dance partner. Heís wanted this fight for awhile. And weíll do our thing.Ē

ďIíve been to the top before at 135, beating the most decorated fighter at the time. Nobody wanted to face him. Now weíre back again. I beat the guy nobody wanted to fight again. So, Iíve looked it as Iíve gained it, lost it and Iíve gained it back again. I know what it takes to be great, which means to respect the ring and respect what it means to be a champion.Ē

Jamaine Ortiz


ďThere hasnít been respect. Itís a fight. Iím coming here to take his head off. It is what it is.
There is a calm before the storm. youíve got to know to keep control of your mind and body, especially before you go into battle.Ē

ďI feel like Iím going to be the guy having the clown do whatever I want to do. Itís going to be that kind of show.Ē

ďWhen I win Thursday night, itís going to be a great night. Iím going to remember it for the rest of my life. It will be the day I became a world champion. It will be another step in my goal to getting other great fights and to continue building my legacy.Ē

Keyshawn Davis


ďPedraza said that he has all the experience. And he did fight a lot of great fighters. But he hasnít fought me before. I donít care about all the experience he has because he hasnít fought me yet. So heís going to see everything I bring to the table.Ē

"Heís a great fighter. Heís been in a lot of great fights for the sport of boxing. And I believe heís good for the sport of boxing. But I feel like heís got the biggest challenge yet in front of him. A young, hungry, real fighter. When that bell starts, I wonít be here to play. Itís going to be an action-packed fight. Iím definitely coming out victorious, but the fans are going to be the winners that night."

Jose Pedraza


ďAt this point of my career, it doesnít matter who is my opponent. Keyshawn Davis is an excellent boxer. He doesnít have the experience that I do in professional boxing, but he had a great trajectory in amateur boxing. He is an excellent boxer. It doesnít matter what the record is. You have to face those challenges. It doesnít matter if heís a prospect, a veteran or a contender. You have to accept it. Letís fight.Ē

ďI prepared very well for this fight. Iíve come to do my job. I donít look the result. But donít misinterpret me. I do expect a great victory. But I donít expect a particular result. I simply go to do a good job for the fans, so that they can leave happy.Ē
Javier Martinez

ďI represent Milwaukee so much because there arenít a lot of boxers who come out of there. Thereís actually a lot of talent there. But a lot donít make it out. They donít get those opportunities. So, I represent for them.Ē

Abdullah Mason


ďItís amazing. Everybody in my family pushes each other to be better. Not just in boxing. But to be better brothers and family members.Ē

ďIím going to take advantage of this spotlight. And Iím going to get hungrier and hungrier. Weíre on our way to the top.Ē

Charlie Sheehy


ďI love fighting in Las Vegas. I always dreamed of fighting here as a kid, so to be here where great fighters have been is good. I want to come out an execute a great boxing game plan. I want to hit and not get hit. Iíve been working with my trainer, Javiel Centeno, so hopefully you will all see improvements in this fight.Ē

Alan Garcia


ďI always stay in the gym. I like to continue learning. I stay disciplined and do anything to keep my body ready. Staying focused is never a problem for me. I know what Iím here to do.Ē



 

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