Porter Decisions Ugas To Retain WBC Title
Shawn Porter successfully retained his WBC welterweight title with a very close decision win against Yordenis Ugas.
In the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card, Porter defeated Ugas by split decision (116-112, 111-117, 115-113) to keep his belt. The fight took place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The fight saw Porter be the aggressor throughout the fight, but Ugas was the landing the timely shots and hurting Porter a little bit more. Many of the rounds were close as Ugas landed the left hook to the body while Porter kept jabbing well and attacking on the inside.
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Ugas started to fight more aggressive late in the fight as Porter tried to move back and around the ring to avoid getting hit by Ugas. Ugas landed a flurry of punches in the final round to try and get a knockdown and potentially steal the title, but it was not meant to be for the Cuban.
The loss ended Ugas’ eight-fight win streak and suffered his fourth-career loss and first as a welterweight. Ugas, a former Olympic bronze medalist, fought his way to the title shot by winning a title eliminator last September to become the mandatory challenger to Porter’s belt.
It was the second close call for Porter as he almost lost his title the day before the fight. There was some controversy at the weigh-ins as Porter initially missed weight by nearly two pounds, but after a trip to the sauna and a minor haircut, Porter eventually made weight and was allowed to keep his WBC title for the fight against Ugas.
Premier Boxing Champions: Porter vs. Ugas Results:
Shawn Porter defeats Yordenis Ugas by split decision (116-112, 111-117, 115-113) to retain the WBC Welterweight title
Abel Ramos defeated Francisco Santana by unanimous decision (95-94, 97-92, 98-92)
Efe Ajagba defeated Amir Mansour by TKO, round 2
Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas: WBC Welterweight title
Round 1: Porter, the champion, opes up with a couple of stiff jabs to start. Porter is the aggressor to start off this fight while Ugas remains in the center of the ring. Ugas isn’t throwing much, but he has been able to connect well when he does throw including two uppercuts to the body. Porter lands a body shot as well.
Round 2: Porter moves forward and tries to bring the fight up close, looking to bully the taller Ugas around the ring. Both men trade body shots before Porter landed a right hook to the chin.The two continue to exchange punches at the end, Ugas landed a pair of right hands to potentially steal the round.
Round 3: Porter lands a couple of jabs, but Ugas lands a pair of left body hooks with Porter against the ropes. Ugas throws a three-punch combination and is moving forward now. Porter responds with a couple of body shots. Ugas is bleeding from his mouth.
Round 4: Ugas is trying to be patient and pick his opportunities to counter attack while Porter tries his best to outwork Ugas. Ugas lands a left hook to the body and has been landing that well during the fight. Porter connects with a short left hand upstairs but eats another left hook to the ribs.
Round 5: Porter tries to move around the ring more and stick his jab upstairs to keep Ugas from throwing to the body more. Ugas lands a quick counter right hand to the side of Porter’s head. Both men have a big exchange of flurries for about 30 seconds late in the round as Ugas yells at Porter to throw more.
Round 6: Porter starts with a three-punch combination using the right hand upstairs. The two men exchange more punches before having a 15-second lull in the action. Ugas taunts Porter and Porter connects with a pair of right hands upstairs. Porter is starting to outland Ugas thanks to the right hand, but Ugas manages to connect on a couple of left hands at the end of the round.
Round 7: Both men continue to trade shots left and right. Porter continues to work the jab, but Ugas is still landing his left hand with relative ease. Porter goes on the inside and and lands several right hands to the side of Ugas’ head. Porter rushes in and goes down on a slip, so it is not ruled a knockdown.
Round 8: Ugas lands a counter left hook to the side of Porter’s head. There’s not a lot of action in this round compared to some of the past rounds, but Porter keeps executing his gameplan of going on the inside and landing the right hand. Porter throws several punches to the body late in the round.
Round 9: Porter’s speed and jab is trying to catch Ugas looking while trying to minimize the risk of getting counter punched, but Ugas is still landing the effective punches. The two men get physical at the very end of the round.
Round 10: Ugas pressures Porter to the ropes early on and lands a pair of right hands. Porter works the jab upstairs while Ugas is starting to move forward and pressure Porter. Ugas stuns Porter at the end of the round while Porter is now dealing with a minor cut above the right eye.
Round 11: The championship rounds begin with both men still trading punches and getting physical. Both men get tangled up and Porter is thrown to the canvas, but is not ruled a knockdown. Ugas catches Porter with a counter right jab. Porter still continues to throw more than Ugas late in the round and is still outlanding him overall. Porter catches Ugas off-balance with a big left hand that nearly scores a knockdown at the end.
Round 12: Ugas lands a big right hand that Porter connects but Porter goes down and is ruled a slip. Ugas connects with a right hand to the chin and Porter is still moving around the ring. Ugas is the stronger puncher in this final round. The fight ends with Ugas celebrating as if he won the fight, but it is a close bout no matter who comes out on top.
Official result: Shawn Porter defeats Yordenis Ugas by split decision (116-112, 111-117, 115-113) to retain the WBC Welterweight title