Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) defended his WBC Welterweight Title against Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) in what turned out to be a great fight. This fight was everything it was supposed to be due to the fact that both fighters had complimentary styles. On one side, there was Shawn Porter was aggressive and full of action from the start, throwing punches in bunches. On the other, Yordenis Ugas was slick, very long and rangy and punching awkwardly but accurately.
From the opening bell it had signs of a great fight written all over it. In the early rounds, Porter was aggressive using a lot of movement and counterpunches, similar to his previous fight against Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs). Yordenis Ugas started out slower, throwing and landing single shots shots while trying to control the distance with his jab and going to Porter’s body.
Porter had the upper hand in the early rounds, while both fighters were figuring things out. Porter was the busier fighter and he controlled the pace of the fight.
However, as the fight went on, the momentum began to shift and Ugas started to find openings. Ugas was able to land multiple counter rights hands, and continue to attack Porter’s body, which had a significant effect on the fight in the later rounds. Yordenis Ugas did what most try not to do which is engaging Porter in mixing it up instead of just boxing because that’s where he found success. While doing some showboating, trash talking, and taunting in the hopes of getting into Porter’s head, Ugas lost some of the middle rounds because he was inactive and Porter found openings. As a result, Ugas almost got knocked down in the 11th round.
Heading into the final round, fans on social media had scorecards all over the place with some being wide. While most scorecards were close, there was no clear favorite. A majority of fans and experts agreed that the 12th round would determine who got the victory. In the final round Ugas dominated. It seemed as if Porter was fatigued or just completely lost with Ugas awkwardness and punch accuracy. Yordenis Ugas scored a big punch knockdown on Porter, which was called a slip by the referee. Many felt that it felt should have been labeled as a knockdown which would have surely given Ugas the victory.
When the final bell rung it was Ugas who lifted his arms in the air in celebration and the feeling that he had defeated Porter. Porter looked a bit worried not knowing what the result would be. The fight ended in a split decision in favor for Shawn Porter (116-112, 117-111, 115-113).
Who did I have winning? I had the fight scored 115-113 for Yordenis Ugas. While most fans agreed, a lot of fans were upset with the decision and called it a robbery. Personally I don’t think it was a robbery due to the number of swing rounds that could have gone either way. However, I do feel that Ugas did enough and should have been declared the winner.
So what’s next for both men? Shawn Porter said before the fight that if he defeated Yordenis Ugas, that would would attend the Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (39-0 30 KOs) fight taking place on Saturday, March 15th and walking in the ring after the fight to call out the winner. While most believe Porter will fight Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) next as Thurman is still the mandatory for the WBC title. For Yordenis Ugas I hope he pushes for a rematch but if not, he should get another title shot in the near future with the great performance he put on showing that he is a serious threat at 147.