Errol Spence Jr Assures ‘Eye’s Been Good’ In First Press Conference For Yordenis Ugas Bout
The press run for the welterweight unification clash has started.
IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr made his first face-off against WBA champion Yordenis Ugas at Wednesday’s press conference. Both boxers were persistent in promising fans their April 16 showdown will be a good one.
“I can guarantee fireworks on April 16. Ugas is going to give it his all, just like I will,” Spence said. “I’m going to put on another great performance in front of my hometown crowd.”
“I’m a warrior…,” Ugas said.
“I’m going to give the fans more than 100 percent of what I can give and I can promise you it’s going to be something you don’t want to miss.”
Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) is coming off a defining victory over legendary Manny Pacquiao in August. Ugas stepped in for Spence after he pulled out due to an eye injury just weeks before the anticipated matchup.
While Spence didn’t get the fight he was waiting for, Ugas seized the opportunity and used the win as an argument to face Spence in a unification clash. Ugas was originally ordered by the WBA to face challenger Eimantas Stanionas, but Ugas petitioned against it.
Stanionas is on the undercard facing other mandatory challenger Radzhab Butaev.
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) has not fought since 2020 when he overcame Danny Garcia via unanimous decision. He has remained as one of the top welterweights and was tangled in a suggested matchup with WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who has also been calling him out.
Spence assured fans that his previously partially torn left retina will not be a problem during the fight.
“The eye’s been good,” Spence said.
“Sparring’s been great. I’ve been sparring. I’ve been looking good. Of course it’s been getting hit, so you know, it’s on point, it’s great. It’s feeling good. Have no worries at all, so don’t y’all worry.”