WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter will make his first title defense against Yordenis Ugas on March 9th at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The bout will be televised in the USA on FOX.
Tale of the Tape – Porter vs. Ugas
|Shawn Porter||Yordenis Ugas|
|Record||29-2-1 (17 KOs)||23-3-0 (11 KOs)|
Fight Breakdown – Porter vs. Ugas
With wins over Devon Alexander, Paulie Malignaggi, Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, and Danny Garcia (and decision losses to Kell Brook and Keith Thurman), “Showtime” Shawn Porter is just about as experienced as one can get against top competition at 147. Porter is an aggressive, athletic fighter with an excellent chin. He fights well on the inside and throws good body shots, but he can get hit cleanly on his way in at times. Porter usually employs a swarming, ‘mauling’ style, but he has shown he can box a little bit if needed. Though he has yet to prove he is the top welterweight in the world, Porter has shown that at age 31 he is still dangerous and still getting better.
Challenger Yordenis Ugas is a former Cuban amateur standout who won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 as well as placing first in several international competitions. In his amateur career, Ugas defeated some pretty notable opposition, including the likes of Terence Crawford, Francisco Vargas, and Jose Pedraza. Though he has had a few setbacks in his pro career, Ugas is currently on an eight-fight winning streak, with recent victories over Thomas Dulorme and Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo. The 32-year-old is experienced and skilled and displays those qualities in the ring, using his jab often and utilizing good footwork and head movement. Ugas’ main weakness is his lack of significant punching power.
In order to win, Ugas is going to have to throw a lot of punches (especially the jab) while on the outside in order to both score points and keep Porter honest. When Porter rushes in, Ugas is going to have to keep his hands up and look for an opening to land a power shot or two. If he cannot gain Porter’s respect, Ugas is in for a long night. For Shawn Porter, he needs to work his way in using his athleticism and smart defense (keeping his hands up, head movement, etc.), and then let his hands go to the body of the taller Ugas while on the inside.
Prediction – Porter vs. Ugas
I predict a unanimous decision victory for Shawn Porter. Ugas is a decent boxer, but I do not think he has the power to keep Porter off of him. He is pretty tough though, so my prediction is Porter outworks and outlands Yordenis over twelve.
Shawn Porter did miss weight on Friday by a little under two pounds and was forced to cut some of his hair off to make the 147 pound limit a couple hours later. Although I still think Porter wins, if he is a little bit drained from having to cut that extra two pounds at the last second, it could make things interesting, especially in the later rounds. Porter has been outboxed before, and Ugas has some skills.
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