Errol Spence Jr. Vs. Yordenis Ugas Undercard Live Results, Highlights: Isaac Cruz Drops Yuriorkis Gamboa Four Times In Five Rounds

After over sixteen months out of the ring due to a detached retina that he suffered in training, Errol Spence Jr. is back and prepared to once again take over the world of boxing. Ready to step into the ring versus Spence for this welterweight championship unification match, is the WBA title holding Cuban competitor Yordenis Ugas, who is coming off a career defining win over the legendary Manny Pacquiao.

Live tonight (April 16, 2022) in front of 80,000 fans inside the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, hometown favorite Errol Spence Jr. is confident he will continue his path to pound-for-pound greatness. That being said, Ugas has been underestimated in the past and doing so under these circumstances, with three world titles on the line, would be a critical error.

The squared circle was last graced with Errol Spence Jr.’s presence back in December 2020, when he defeated Danny Garcia with a very impressive display of boxing to defend his two world titles by earning the unanimous decision victory. This bout served as a comeback fight for “The Truth”, as he was forced to take a medical related leave of absence for over a year due to a life-threatening car accident. The fact that Errol was back inside the ring just 14 months following the accident showed an extreme level of tenacity and desire to compete. Furthermore, the performance that he was able to produce coming off the critical injuries that were inflicted proved to the world that he was still that same championship level competitor. Prior to the accident, Errol Spence Jr. achieved successful victories in high profile matchups with top-notch opponents such as Kell Brook, Mikey Garcia, and Shawn Porter. These successful showings contributed to the 27 wins on his undefeated record, as well as his spot near the top of many analysts’ pound-for-pound rankings lists.

Back in August, Yordenis Ugas was given an amazing opportunity when the call came in with an offer to replace Errol Spence Jr. in his scheduled bout with Manny Pacquiao. On just two weeks notice, Ugas accepted the once in a lifetime opportunity, but many thought the legendary Pacquiao would walk right through him. In a shocking upset, Yordenis Ugas secured the unanimous decision victory and defended his WBA title. During this bout, Ugas displayed excellent distance management while staying on the outside, only moving in to counter Manny’s combinations with stiff punches of his own. Following his most recent loss, which came from a razor-thin split decision versus Shawn Porter, the Cuban two-time Olympic medalist has won four straight matches and has put on a great show each time while doing so.

Yordenis Ugas certainly has a heap of work ahead of him this evening while facing Errol Spence Jr. If he wants to find success, it will take a diverse game plan, seeing as Spence’s ability to adapt to unpredictable situations is a cut above most fighters that enter the ring. While Ugas comes into this bout as the heavy underdog on the betting odds, the numbers do not quite tell the full story, and this would not be the first time that he was counted out and wound up shocking the world.

In the evening’s co-main event, fans will see Cuban lightweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-4, 18 KO) square off with Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (22-2, 15 KO) in a highly anticipated lightweight affair. Although Cruz lost to Gervonta Davis back in December, he managed to keep things very competitive and definitively displayed that he deserves to be in the lightweight division’s top-10 discussion. Gamboa also finds himself in hopes of bouncing back after a loss in 2020 to WBC champion Devin Haney.

 

Live from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the action gets started tonight (April 16, 2022) at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT with the preliminary card on the Showtime Sports YouTube page. Following, at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, the main card will go live on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Don’t miss it!

 

Follow the Live Results below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS

 

Main Card – 9 p.m. ET (PPV) Live Results

Isaac Cruz vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa – Lightweight Co-Main Event

In the first two rounds, Isaac Cruz was absolutely pouring it on his Cuban opponent, landing hard shots at will right from the start. As the second round came to a close, Gamboa hit the canvas after receiving a devastating combination from “Pitbull”. As soon as the third round began, Cruz came out strong and landed a fierce left hook, sending Gamboa down for a second time. The head-hunting continued for the balance of the third, but somehow Gamboa survived. Near the end of the fourth round, Cruz scored yet another nasty knockdown, and to the surprise of everyone, the fight continued.


By the fifth round, Gamboa was fighting on pure adrenaline. But, at 1:32 this exciting spectacle came to a dramatic end by TKO, due to two more powerful hooks distributed by Isaac Cruz.

 

Francisco Vargas vs. Jose Valenzuela – WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Title

Jose Valenzuela had his eye set on this vacant title, and managed to rapidly dispatch Francisco Vargas in the very first round. The official time of the stoppage came at 1:25, due to a perfectly placed left hook, making this a quick night of work for Valenzuela. The new WBC Continental Americas Lightweight champion improves his record to 12-0, as Francisco Vargas moves to 27-4.

 

Josesito Lopez vs. Cody Crowley – Welterweight Bout

Kicking off the main card on Showtime PPV, Cody Crowley came out very aggressively in the early rounds, tagging Lopez with hard shots. Despite spats of success and a great display of toughness by Lopez, the Canadian moved ahead on the scorecards. Crowley was able to drop Lopez with a well-placed right hook in round-7, and followed up by dominating the remainder of the fight. Securing the unanimous decision victory (98-91, 98-91, 99-90), Crowley adds the 21st victory to his undefeated record, while Josesito Lopez falls to 38-9.

 

Preliminary Card – 7 p.m. ET (YouTube) Live Results

Eimantas Stanionis def. Radzhab Butaev via Decision (Split) – 114-113, 116-111, 117-110 – WBA World Welterweight Title

Brandun Lee def. Zachary Ochoa via Decision (Unanimous) – 98-92, 99-91, 99-91

Untelevised Preliminary Card Results

Vito Mielnicki Jr. def. Dan Karpency via Decision (Unanimous)

Angel Barrientes def. Fernando Garcia via Decision (Majority)

Samuel Arnold def. Darryl Jones via TKO – Round 1, 3:00

Darius Fulghum def. Nosa Divine Nehikhare via TKO – Round 4, 3:00

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