Shawn Porter (WBC Welterweight World Champion) comes face to face with Cuban schooled top contender Yordenis Ugas for the second defence of the title who won by beating Danny Garcia back in September 2018. The fight will be shown on PBC Fox and it will be the third fight for PBC on ITV in the UK.
A lot of people are seeing this fight as a stepping stone for Porter to massive fights in the future against the likes of Errol Spence Jnr / Mikey Garcia, Terence Crawford, Manny Pacquiao or a rematch with Keith Thurman to avenge the controversial defeat he suffered in 2016. Since that defeat Porter has only fought three times due to injuries and he feels he needs to step up quickly to the bigger fights as at 31 years of age, realistically how many more big fights can he be a part off.
I feel he will look to get Ugas out of the contest early to make a statement to the packed division but Cuban fighters are normally tough and technically skilled so and early win here would say he is a relevant champion and a tough fight for any of the other big names within the division. Plus as he hasn’t been as active as he would have liked in the last few years he will want to get back out in the ring a couple more times this year but hopefully boxing politics would have an impact on that.
Porter has stated he is not overlooking Ugas but he there is a reason he is the champion.
“I don’t think Ugas has fought at the top level as a professional. In order to not underestimate him, you have to understand he fought at that highest level consistently in the amateurs. I know he’s training to be ready for this kind of environment.”
— PBC (@premierboxing) March 8, 2019
Yordenis Ugas comes into this fight after a very active 2017 and 2018 with eight straight wins going back to 2016, currently he is ranked number 6 in the WBC rankings and has a solid Amateur career behind him as he is a Cuban fighter which means he has been boxing from a very young age from what is considered the best amateur teaching you can get.
This is the first time Ugas has fought for a world title and there is a belief that the step up might be a step too far as when you look at his record he really hasn’t fought the same sort of calibre the Champion as but this is what makes Boxing exciting as a relatively unknown outsider is given a chance to make his dreams happen. He isn’t known for his knockout power and Porter is very comfortable going the distance so it does make it an interesting fight.
For Ugas to win this fight he is going to have to surprise Porter with tactics he wasn’t expecting and fight the best fight off his life so for me I just feel it will be a step to far for him and porter will show the reason he is the champion.