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One judge saw the fight 117-111 for Ugas, which was overruled by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 for Porter. Both fighters believed after the fight that they had done enough to win.

Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta

WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter retained his title with a close split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Porter started very aggressively and you wouldn’t have guessed he had trouble making weight the day prior. Porter changed from his normal game plan by trying to outbox the Cuban with athletic movement on the outside and explosive work on the inside in the early rounds but there were times porter was finding it hard to get to the inside.

Ugas stuck to his game plan off counter punching and came into the fight more in the middle rounds with him specifically trying to outwork Porter to the body to slow him down which made it a much closer fight. Porter had to work tirelessly due to the height and reach difference he was giving up to Ugas, but Ugas was staying with him for the whole fight, making it a very close and hard to call fight.

Into the championship rounds and the fight was going the same way as it had throughout the whole fight, with it being very close and hard to call, and that was shown when the event went to the scorecards as there was a split decision, Judge Steve Morrow scores 116-112 Porter, Zachery Young had it 117-111 Ugas, and judge Max Deluca 115-113 Porter.

I thought this might happen as you need to win convincingly if you are going to take the champions belt away from him and I felt Ugas didn’t do enough to do that. What now for porter as I am sure all the other champions will think his belt is there for the taking.


On the Undercard: 

Additional action, saw a back-and-forth welterweight contest in which Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) got a unanimous decision over Francisco Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs) after 10 rounds.

Santana struck first, landing a clean left hook that put Ramos on the canvas late in the second round. Santana had been stalking Ramos around the ring for much of the early action, before catching him in a neutral corner for the knockdown.

In the opening bout on FOX and FOX Deportes, rising heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (9-0, 8 KOs) remained unbeaten and earned the best win of his young pro career by stopping veteran Amir Mansour (23-4-1, 16 KOs) after two rounds.

Ajagba was dominant from the outset, knocking Mansour down twice in the first round. He first landed a clean straight right to Mansour that caused him to tumble to the ground. He got to his feet but was then put onto the ground by a straight left from Ajagba.

Mansour made it to the second round but continued to take a beating as Ajagba landed flush to the head consistently. After the round, referee Thomas Taylor took a long look at Mansour in his corner decided to call the fight after two rounds.

PBC Prelims on FS1 preceded the main card and featured former world champion Juan Carlos Payano (21-2, 9 KOs) defeating previously unbeaten Damien Vazquez (14-1, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision after eight-rounds of bantamweight action with scores of 80-71 twice and 79-73. Additional action on FS1 saw rising welterweight prospect and 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis (8-0, 5 KOs) score a unanimous decision victory over a game Samuel Figueroa (11-2, 4 KOs) by scores of 80-72 three times across eight rounds of action.

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