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Teofimo Lopez Removed From Ring Magazine’s P4P Rankings Following Ortiz Bout

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 08: Teofimo Lopez celebrates defeating Jamaine Ortiz to retain the WBO junior welterweight title at Michelob ULTRA Arena on February 08, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Teofimo Lopez is no longer considered a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter according to The Ring Magazine’s latest rankings as of February 10th, 2024. Prior to his removal, Lopez had been positioned at #10 but this has changed since his February 8th fight against Jamaine Ortiz where he won through a controversial unanimous decision (UD).

Despite his removal, Teofimo Lopez (20-1, 13 KO’s) still holds The Ring Magazine’s lineal title at super lightweight/junior welterweight, but he no longer earns the distinction of being considered the tenth best fighter in the world according to Ring Magazine.

The American WBO 140 lbs champion’s last match against Jamaine Ortiz (27-2-1, 8 KO’s) saw him defend his title successfully by unanimous decision, but it appears as if The Ring Magazine has a different take on Lopez’ victory following to the latest update of their pound-for-pound rankings.

It is unlikely that Teofimo Lopez’ removal from Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings impacts his career significantly, but it does indicate that his performance against Ortiz was left wanting with Lopez being unable to land a significant finish to not leave any doubts as to his victory.

One manner in which Lopez might resurface on the pound-for-pound rankings is by rematching Ortiz, but there has been no indication from Lopez or his team that a rematch with Ortiz is on the cards anytime soon.

In the long run, the seeming loss of Lopez’ reputation can be quite easily regained depending on who he fights next, and how he will perform during his next fight. However, the recent disappearance of his #10 pound-for-pound spot does signify the fickleness of both critics and fans, and the close-contested nature of his last match which suggests that he will have to net more convincing wins if he hopes to be considered one of the best fighters on the planet.