Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz Fight Picks and Betting Preview (Super Lightweight, February 8)
Boxing loves to keep its fans on their toes, and that’s exactly what the sport is doing this week. A Thursday night title fight takes place between Teofimo Lopez and Jamaine Ortiz for the WBO World Super Lightweight (Junior Welterweight) title. With Thursday night coming close, we break down the Lopez vs Ortiz odds and look at the best bets to make ahead of this title fight.
Lopez vs Ortiz: Event Details & Preview
There’s plenty on the line in Las Vegas this Thursday, with Lopez looking to tee up a unification fight in the next 12 months by winning big here. Ortiz, on the other hand, will be eager to prove that his loss to Lomachenko was a misnomer and get his career back on track with a high-profile win. Who will have their way in Sin City? Read on for our Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz prediction below before this clash.
|🥊 Weight Class/Division:
|WBO World Super Lightweight Title (12 rounds)
|Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
|8 February 2024
|From 9:00 PM EST on Thursday
Latest Lopez vs Ortiz Odds
Ahead of our Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz betting tips, let’s look at what bookies in Nevada have to say about this title fight. Here are the latest Lopez vs Ortiz betting odds:
Bookies have Teofimo Lopez as a heavy favorite, which is a concerning time for the American. Lopez loves to play the underdog role, yet is returning just 1.14 (1/7) for a win this week. Jamaine Ortiz, on the other hand, sits at a heavy 5.50 (9/2) for victory. Method of victory odds favor a Lopez decision at 1.80 (4/5), followed by a knockout for the champ at 2.87 (15/8).
Teofimo Lopez Recent Boxing Form
Lopez heads into this clash with a three-fight win streak under his belt, having bounced back nicely from the only loss of his career in 2021. Then, he gave away all his belts to George Kambosos Jr. in a surprise loss, but now he’s gathered some of them back with wins over Pedro Campa, Sandor Martin, and Josh Taylor.
Lopez Advantages Over Ortiz
While Lopez has plenty of power, it’s not his ability to hit hard that gives him an edge over Ortiz. Rather, it’s his sheer volume. The American is known for overwhelming opponents with a smothering attack style, throwing wave after wave of punches until he gets the stoppage. Add this to his athleticism and underdog mentality, and Lopez has a decent advantage over Ortiz.
Jamaine Ortiz Recent Boxing Form
After navigating his professional career undefeated until 2021, Ortiz hit his first snag on the road when he drew with Joseph Adorno. Since then, he’s won three and lost one, going down in late 2022 to Vasyl Lomachenko. While he’s coming into this clash off the back of a decision win over Antonio Moran, the American will be eager for another victory here to really get his career back on track.
Ortiz Advantages Over Lopez
To be frank, he doesn’t really have any. Lopez is slightly more athletic and slightly more powerful. Ortiz’s only advantage is that he’s not expected to win; while Lopez thrives as an underdog, Ortiz actually is the underdog and could leverage that mentality to surprise Lopez on Thursday night.
Best Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz Predictions
Bookmakers may not be paying much for a Lopez win, but we’ve scanned all the best boxing odds and found the most lucrative odds for our Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz tips. Here’s a look at our top Teofimo Lopez vs Jamaine Ortiz predictions:
Teofimo Lopez to Win by Knockout @ 2.87 (15/8)
As touched on above, Lopez is best known for his smothering style rather than out-and-out power. Given that he’s ended two-thirds of his professional fights with this approach, we say there’s a reasonable chance the American will execute this Thursday night as well. Chances are it will take a while to happen, but it would be no surprise if Lopez lands a late knockout here with sheer volume in the 10th to 12th rounds.
Fight Not to Go the Distance @ 2.20 (6/5)
A slightly more conservative bet is simply backing this clash not to go the distance. It still returns healthily at 2.20 (6/5) but allows for the outside chance that Ortiz comes out with an unorthodox strategy or lands one out of the blue to finish Lopez. He has, after all, done this on eight occasions across this career, so it would not be entirely unheard of for Ortiz to score a knockout.
Ortiz to Win By Decision @ 8.00 (7/1)
The more likely path for Ortiz winning this fight is simply winning on the judges’ cards. It’s a much higher odds bet and isn’t necessarily the most likely outcome, but it pays well if it comes off. Lopez has been somewhat mercurial, struggling against Kambosos Jr. in his loss and also getting found out in earlier clashes, such as his 2019 fight against Nakatani.
There’s a chance that the weight of being the defending champion and favorite will do funny things to his mentality and cause Lopez to be a little off the boil in this bout. If so, Ortiz will pounce and could take this on points.
Recommended Lopez vs Ortiz Tips
Thursdays are the new Saturdays in Las Vegas this week, as super lightweight boxing takes center stage in Nevada this Thursday. Teofimo Lopez and Jamaine Ortiz will go head to head for the WBO World Super Lightweight Title, and while it should be a hard-fought encounter, we expect Lopez will come away with the chocolates courtesy of a late knockout over his compatriot.