Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas fight results, highlights: ‘The Truth’ unifies titles with 10th-round TKO
ARLINGTON, Texas — Upon returning from a 14-month layoff and surgery on a detached retina, unified champion Errol Spence Jr. made quite the statement during Saturday’s homecoming about his stance. in the welterweight division.
Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) extended his control as a powerhouse at 147 pounds by unifying his WBC and IBF titles with the WBA belt of Yordenis Ugas (27-5, 12 KOs) in a thrilling 10th round TKO of his game opponent inside an AT&T Electric Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
A native of nearby Desoto, Spence, 32, exchanged huge shots from close range as he looked to make a statement against the plucky Ugas, who rattled Spence in round six with a flurry of shots that stunned his spokesperson. To Spence’s credit, he never went down and he continued to swell Ugas’ right eye, forcing referee Laurence Cole to stop the fight at 1:44 of round 10 on the advice of the ringside doctor. .
Spence, who previously had a history of tough weight cuts to 147 pounds, hired a nutritionist for the first time and appeared to be in the best shape of his career.
“I had no doubts. I believed in myself 100 percent and trained 100 percent,” Spence said. “I didn’t want a tune-up fight or someone I knew I could beat. I wanted someone who would bring out the best in me and Ugas did that.
“The nutritionist helped me a lot. I lost weight and they did a great job. It was just my job at the gym. I felt like my timing was off. [early in his return] but I just kept working. I think it was due to the long layoff and I was super excited to get in the ring and pick up the pace.”
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Spence, who fought with dogged determination while pushing an insane pace, edged out Ugas by a 216-96 margin, according to ShoStats. He also landed 40% of his power shots.
Following the win, in what was only the 12th title unification bout in welterweight history, Spence was quick to make it known he wanted WBO champion Terence Crawford to be next for the undisputed championship.
“Everyone knows who I want next, I want Terence Crawford next,” Spence said. “This is the fight I want.”
Ugas, a 35-year-old Cuba native, replaced Spence last fall and upset Manny Pacquiao, but there would be no heroics in this one despite a spirited effort in round 6. Ugas injured Spence with a right hand and knocked his mouthpiece out. Spence looked away from the ball and ate two more punches after Ugas caught him flush and sent him staggering into the ropes.
“I thought the ref said stop, so I stopped,” Spence said. “I think he hit me with three or four punches. You have to protect yourself at all times and I didn’t.”
Cole controversially broke off the action just as Ugas began pouring him in hopes of a knockout to allow Spence to have his mouthpiece cleaned.
Spence, who was never knocked down as a pro, kept pushing forward and out of Ugas, who was largely limited to one punch at a time. He forced Ugas into a close range shootout and continued to cut until the swelling in Ugas’ right eye became a major issue.
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Spence vs. Ugas fight card, odds
- Errol Spence, Jr. (c) def. Yordenis Ugas via 10th round TKO (doctor stoppage)
- Isaac Cruz beats. Yuriokis Gamboa via fifth-round TKO
- Jose Valenzuela defeated. Francisco Vargas via first-round knockout
- Cody Crowley won. Josesito Lopez via unanimous decision (98-91, 98-91, 99-90)
- Eimantas Stanionis defeated. Radzhab Butaev by split decision (116-111, 117-110, 113-114)
- Brandun Lee defeats. Zachary Ochoa by unanimous decision (99-91, 99-91, 98-92)
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