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  Teofimo Lopez & Jamaine Ortiz Prepare For
Junior Welterweight World Title Showdown

Teofimo Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) and Jamaine Ortiz (17-1-1, 8 KOs) hosted their public workouts today ahead of their showdown for Lopez's WBO and Ring Magazine junior welterweight world titles this 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 and Davis-Pedraza will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Undercard action, streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, will include the following fights:

George Acosta vs. Rene Tellez Giron, 8 rounds, lightweight

Javier Martinez vs. Raul Salomon, 8 rounds, middleweight

Abdullah Mason vs. Benjamin Gurment, 8 rounds, lightweight

Charlie Sheehy vs. Abdel Sauceda, 8 rounds, lightweight

Alan Garcia vs. Tomas Ornelas, 6 rounds, lightweight

Antonio Zepeda vs. Lemir Isom-Riley, 6 rounds, heavyweight

Art Barrera Jr. vs. Michael Portales, 4 rounds, junior welterweight

This is what the fighters had to say:

Teofimo Lopez

ďItís a super fight. Itís great to be back. Iím here to do it for everyone and the next generation. Iím excited. Everybody is here to see greatness.Ē

ďTalk is cheap. He can say what he wants, but itís a lot different when they feel these punches. I love guys like him who think they can take this. But Iím 'The Takeover.'Ē

ďIím not one dimensional. Iím universal. Iíve got plans from A to Z. Iíve been training since last August. So, Iím ready.Ē

Jamaine Ortiz

ďIím feeling great. Iím ready to put on a show and have some fun. Thatís all Iím here to do, to have some fun. Iím excited to be crowned world champion. My time is coming. This Thursday, I will be crowned the new champ at 140.Ē

ďIím bringing my heart. Iím bringing everything, my soul, my whole body. Iím willing to risk my life in the ring. He beat me before. I still have that in mind. So, Iím going to avenge that loss.Ē

Keyshawn Davis

ďI feel excited. I feel good. I canít wait for Thursday. Iím looking forward to an amazing performance. Iím trying to stop Pedraza. Heís only been stopped once, by another Davis. Now itís going to happen with a Davis from a new generation. I feel like this is my breakout fight. Itís going to put me at the top level.ď

ďHe has experience, but Iíve dealt with that before. It doesnít make a difference. Itís just another fighter and another opponent coming to win. This is going to be a fight. I finally feel like Iím going to be in there with someone who can really fight. Whatever game plan he has, I feel like heís going to test me. And Iím going to rise to the occasion.Ē

Jose Pedraza

ďItís been a year since I fought, so I'm happy to be back. I canít wait to fight Keyshawn Davis.Ē

ďKeyshawn is an excellent boxer, but I have more experience. He has a lot of experience, too, but as an amateur. He has a typical North American style, so I expect a good fight from him.Ē

ďI feel stronger at lightweight. This is my division. When I moved up to junior welterweight, it wasnít because I couldnít make the weight. I had a goal of becoming a three-weight world champion."

Alan Garcia

ďIím very excited to be on another great Top Rank card. Iím ready to show what a kid from Kansas can do. In every camp, I work on hurting my opponent, but Iím always prepared to go the distance.Ē

Charlie Sheehy

ďI feel good to be fighting in my first eight-rounder. Iím meant for more rounds as Iíll be able to finally implement a game plan and break people down.Ē

Abdullah Mason

ďIíve been ready to fight eight rounds for a while now. I'm looking forward to longer fights and more durable opponents so I can work towards breaking them down.Ē

Javier Martinez

ďIíve watched a lot of film, and Iím prepared to do what I gotta do. I donít like to predict. But with the way Iíve prepared, Iíll be looking to finish it soon.Ē


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