Teofimo Lopez vs. Jamaine Ortiz & Keyshawn Davis vs. Jose
Pedraza Doubleheader In Las Vegas Feb. 8
The lineal junior welterweight king is ready for a super
Teofimo Lopez will defend his WBO and Ring Magazine titles
against Jamaine Ortiz on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Michelob ULTRA
Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Lopez-Ortiz headlines an action-packed televised
doubleheader that kicks off Big Game Weekend.
In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, U.S. Olympic silver
medalist Keyshawn Davis faces Puerto Rican former
two-division world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Takeover
Promotions and CES Boxing, tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 5
at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at AXS.com.
Lopez-Ortiz and Davis-Pedraza will be broadcast live on
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.
“Teofimo Lopez is among the best fighters in the world and
always wants to fight the best available opponent. Jamaine
Ortiz is a supreme talent who fits the bill,” said Top Rank
chairman Bob Arum. “I believe Keyshawn Davis is a future
world champion, but you can never count out a skilled
two-weight world champion like Jose Pedraza. What a
fantastic doubleheader for the fans watching on ESPN and at
Michelob ULTRA Arena.”
Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) captured the IBF lightweight world
title by defeating Richard Commey via second-round knockout
in December 2019. The following October, he bested
pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko to win the WBA, WBO,
and WBC Franchise titles. Thirteen months later, he lost the
belts via shocking split decision to George Kambosos Jr. The
26-year-old then moved up to junior welterweight in August
2022 with a seventh-round TKO against Pedro Campa and a
split decision over Spanish southpaw Sandor Martin that
December. In his latest fistic tour de force, Lopez upset
former undisputed champion Josh Taylor to capture the WBO
and Ring Magazine titles.
Lopez said. "February 8 at Mandalay Bay, 'The Takeover' will
entertain inside that squared circle as only I can! To the
boxing fans around the world, I look to not only dominate
and break down Jamaine Ortiz, but to do it in such a fashion
that my division will be put on alert.“
"Jamaine is tough. I would know, because I faced him back in
the amateur days in 2015 for the National Golden Gloves
Championship. I'll show the world that champions don't
flinch when faced with challenges. They rise and shine the
brightest when the stakes are highest. This one is for all
my people on the Takeover Express! Let’s show the world once
again what real boxing looks like.”
Ortiz (17-1-1, 8 KOs), a seven-year pro, secured the NABF
lightweight title by outpointing Nahir Albright in February
2022. The Worcester, Massachusetts, native then notched a
decision win against former world champion Jamel "Semper Fi"
Herring that May and rounded off the year with an
exceptional showing against Lomachenko. Ortiz dropped the
tightly contested battle to “Loma” by unanimous decision but
responded with a one-sided points verdict over Antonio Moran
Ortiz said, “This is the most important fight of my career.
It’s my first world title bout. I believe this fight will
bring out the very best in me, and I’m looking forward to
coming home as the new champion!”
Davis (9-0, 6 KOs), from Norfolk, Virginia, has graduated
from prospect to contender and is inching closer to a world
title opportunity. After going 3-0 as a pro, he captured a
silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. In November 2021, he
signed a long-term promotional contract with Top Rank and
has since tallied six victories. He had an active 2023 in
which he stopped Anthony Yigit via ninth-round TKO in April
and shut out Francesco Patera by 10-round decision in July.
In October, he bested Philadelphia-born contender Nahir
Albright by majority decision that was later ruled a no
contest by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
due to a positive marijuana test.
“I have all the respect in the world for Jose Pedraza and
what he’s accomplished in the pro game,” Davis said. “This
is type of step up I need to get to the next level, and I
know Pedraza will bring his A-game. It’s his last chance to
get back to title contention, but I won’t let that happen. I
will show out for the fans in Las Vegas and everyone
watching on ESPN.”
Pedraza (29-5-1, 14 KOs), from Cidra, Puerto Rico, won the
IBF junior lightweight world title against Andrey Klimov in
June 2015 and made title defenses against Edner Cherry and
Stephen Smith. He captured the WBO lightweight world title
against Rey Beltran in August 2018. After losing the title
in a unification showdown against Lomachenko, he moved up to
140 pounds, where he a faced the likes of Jose Zepeda, Jose
Ramirez, Richard Commey, Lindolfo Delgado and Arnold Barboza
Jr. Pedraza returns to the lightweight division in hopes of
another world title run.
Pedraza said, “Keyshawn Davis is going to experience what
it's like to face a two-division world champion. He’s never
faced a boxer of my caliber, nor has he faced anyone even
close to the caliber of my toughest opponents. He wants to
continue climbing up the ranks, but on February 8, he’ll be
falling off the ladder.”
The ESPN+-streamed undercard features a gamut of
19-year-old lightweight phenom, Emiliano Fernando Vargas
(8-0, 7 KOs), son of former junior middleweight world
champion Fernando Vargas, will see action in a six-round
clash against Tomas Ornelas (7-3, 5 KOs). Vargas went 6-0
with five knockouts in his sophomore year as a pro and is
coming off a second-round destruction of Brandon Mendoza in
November at T-Mobile Arena.
Lightweight prodigy Abdullah Mason (11-0, 9 KOs) will fight
Benjamin Gurment (8-0-3, 5 KOs) in his first scheduled
eight-rounder. Mason will look to capitalize on his 5-0 2023
campaign, which included a second-round TKO versus Jose
Cardenas in November.
Unbeaten middleweight Javier "Milwaukee Made" Martinez
(9-0-1, 3 KOs) will take on Raul Salomon (12-2, 10 KOs) in
an eight-rounder. Martinez dropped Isaiah Wise three times
en route to a first-round knockout in November.
Former Team USA amateur standout Charlie Sheehy (8-0, 5 KOs)
will step up to the eight-round distance for the first time.
Sheehy vanquished Jesus Vasquez Jr. by unanimous decision in
Unbeaten lightweight prospect Alan “Kid Kansas” Garcia
(10-0, 8 KOs), the power-punching dynamo from Ulysses,
Kansas, sees action in a six-rounder.
Former national amateur champion Art Barrera Jr. (2-0, 2
KOs) returns to the ring in a four-round junior welterweight