The unified welterweight champion from Omaha, Nebraska, could not help but snipe at Teofimo Lopez after the WBO 140-pound titlist outpointed Jamaine Ortiz in a 12-round snoozer that left boxing fans frustrated. Neither Lopez nor Ortiz mounted much of a sustained offense in their dud of a junior welterweight bout that took place Thursday night at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas during Super Bowl week, with Lopez stalking and Ortiz backpedalling. A visibly frustrated Lopez motioned at Ortiz several times to stand his ground. Ortiz, an orthodox fighter, elected to fight in the southpaw stance the entire fight, a move that was perhaps tactically prudent if a source of exasperation to viewers. Lopez won on scorecards that read 117-113, 115-113, and 115-113.
The fight was reminiscent of the split decision Lopez eked out over Spaniard Sandor Martin in December of 2022. Martin’s southpaw style created visible problems for Lopez in that fight, prompting Lopez to question himself in a hot mic moment that went viral. After the fight, Crawford fired off a few posts on his X account castigating Lopez. The two had been involved in several back and forths after Lopez called out the two-division undisputed champion.Lopez, who teared up when he was announced as the victor, called out Crawford in a bizarre post-fight interview, saying that he would fight him at a catchweight. “Talk all that sh!t about me and lost,” Crawford wrote. “Like I told him focus on who you fighting not me. @Teofimo Lopez back to the drawing board you go[,] chump.” “Catch weight what?” Crawford continued. “This guy is crazy, but he knows what’s up he just trying to use my name for promotion.” “He got a gift and he know it that’s why he crying.”
An emotional Lopez slammed Ortiz after the fight for “running.” Prompted by reporters, Lopez gave himself a “10/10” for his performance. Crawford clearly didn’t agree. “People gotta understand the game I called “BOXING” and not “FIGHTING”!!!” Crawford wrote. “Hit and not get hit. But I guess a lot of yall don’t know what that means, because when yall see a fighter boxing the first thing yall say is he running.” Sean Nam is the author of Murder on Federal Street: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Last Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing