Porter Wants Decisive Win Against Ugas
On Saturday night, Shawn Porter is set to defend his WBC welterweight title for the first time against Yordenis Ugas at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Porter, who won the vacant title in 2018 against former champion Danny Garcia, told the press that making the move to train with Barry Hunter in D.C. has given him an edge.
“We wanted something different for this fight,” Porter said on Thursday. “We had worked with Barry Hunter from a distance for a while. I think my dad (Kenny Porter) would agree that going out to their gym in Washington, D.C. was one of the best moves we’ve made in boxing.
Looking at the division outside of Ugas, Porter sees three big names, who all have gold he wants.
“Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. Those are all big fights that people want to see. If this fight goes the way we want it to go, those guys are the goal for the next fight.
Looking across the ring at Ugas, Porter is not looking to let the judges decide the fate of his title again. “People want to see knockouts,” Porter said during the presser. “That’s the best way to solidify a win. We’ve seen things not go my way before on close scorecards. We’ve worked on adding some more power and we’ll see on Saturday if it all comes to fruition.
For the challenger, he feels that a prior spar between the two is not going to help Porter’s game plan when they fight on FOX.
“Shawn and I sparred a couple years ago but I’m a way different fighter than I was then. You’re going to see an elite fighter on Saturday.,” Ugas told reporters.
“I am 100 percent better technically than Shawn Porter. It’s going to make this a great fight on Saturday and we’re going to give the fans an incredible night.
Porter-Ugas’ battle for the WBC welterweight championship is the headliner of a PBC on FOX card beginning at 8pm et on FOX.