Teddy Atlas Makes Prediction For Errol Spence Vs. Yordenis Ugas
Teddy Atlas said he knows who’s winning come Saturday night.
Atlas said on The Fight that he predicts Errol Spence Jr will easily outbox Yordenis Ugas in their unified welterweight clash in the main event on Showtime pay-per-view in Arlington, Texas.
Atlas broke down his analysis and said that Ugas scored his upset win over Manny Pacquiao in August, but it was a close fight because Pacquiao outworked Ugas.
“I don’t think [Ugas] is going to outwork Spence, so that means he’s going to have to do what he did with Pacquiao. He’s going to have to land the cleaner, harder punches to affect him,” Atlas said.
The former boxing trainer added that Spence, the IBF and WBC titleholder, will use his jab to block Ugas’ ability to land counter punches, a move that chipped away at the now-retired Pacquiao.
But Spence is a completely different fighter, Atlas continued explaining.
“When you’re jabbing and staying at range and controlling with a jab, you’re not giving a counter puncher anything to counter. That’s how I see this fight. Spence will not give Ugas what Pacquiao gave him,” he added.
Spence was supposed to be the one to take on legendary boxer Pacquiao, but he suffered an eye injury just days before the fight, forcing him to withdraw.
Ugas stepped in to defend his WBA “super” belt – which Pacquiao once held — and became more than just Spence’s replacement after the upset win.
Spence has not fought since 2020 when he defeated Danny Garcia via unanimous decision.
“I’m picking Spence because of what I just said. I think it’ll go the distance,” Atlas added. “Another thing about Spence that bodes well for him. Spence is good defensively, Spence is a good body puncher.