Ugas Files Request With WBC For Porter Rematch
Hours after a controversial WBC welterweight title loss, Yordenis Ugas watched back his fight against Shawn Porter, and feels like CSAC judge Max DeLuca’s scorecard is in-question.
Ugas looks at DeLuca’s scorecard in the 12th round, where the contender feels he was at his best against the WBC champion, as unacceptable. Ugas feels so strongly that he has petitioned the WBC and WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for an immediate rematch.
“Judging is a very hard thing to do and I respect all judges because I know the difficulties of scoring,” said Ugas. “But one thing I won’t accept is the judging of Max Deluca’s last round call on Saturday night. If anyone felt the fight was close or not, we can agree to disagree, because both of us are great fighters. But one thing I know is universal, is that I clearly won round twelve as was evident on the other two judges’ score cards, in addition to the 99% of all media and fans who had me winning round twelve as well.
“I beat and chased Porter all over the ring and wasn’t given credit for a knockdown either. But hey, I respect Jack Reiss, one of the best referees in boxing. He made an honest mistake on a spilt second call. But DeLuca’s card had Porter winning by one point going into the last round. I get a bad feeling in my stomach even thinking about this.
Expanding on the issue, Ugas feels that DeLuca may have known that Porter needed the final round to win, and feels like the trust a fighter should have with the judges was broken.
“Well if Max Deluca is ever judging your fight, trust me, I don’t feel he’s capable of doing a respectable job,” Ugas said. “I want everyone to look at round twelve and tell me who won that round, it was blatantly obvious it was me.”
“California boxing commissioner, Andy Foster, who does most shows in the USA, is great at his job and is one of the best commissioners in all of boxing if not the very best. I would kindly ask him to take notice of this behavior, because Max DeLuca is incompetent. I plead…or should I say beg, for an immediate rematch with Porter, and the WBC should honor my request. Porter is a great fighter and I’m very blessed to share a ring with such a great champion. I have the utmost respect for him and his father, they are great people. I hope we can share a ring soon with competent judges scoring the fight.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene