LAS VEGAS — Teofimo Lopez strutted his way to the ring accompanied by a sword eater and other circus acts as he channeled Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman” complete with top hat and ringmaster robe.
He was anything but in an uneventful junior welterweight title defense against Jamaine Ortiz, a unanimous-decision victory for Lopez which elicited constant boos from the Mandalay Bay crowd.
Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) prevailed via scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. And while he retained his WBO title at 140 pounds, he failed to put on a show and was frustrated once again by a slick southpaw boxer.
“I believe I won the fight,” said Ortiz, ESPN’s No. 8 lightweight, who moved up to 140 pounds for his first title shot. “What can I say, I came out on the short end of the stick once again. He couldn’t hit me. … He wasn’t landing any shots on me. … I always stay true to who I am. … Make some adjustments and come back for another title shot.”
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