Welterweight Yordenis Ugas punched his ticket to a title fight tonight on Showtime, thoroughly outpointing Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo over 12 full rounds. Ugas came out early and made a conscious effort to batter Barrionuevo’s body, to which he had great success.
Despite coming forward all night and hitting Barrionuevo to the body with hard shots that should’ve folded him in half, Barrionuevo showed a great chin and an iron will to never give into the punishment. At one point late in the fight Ugas tries to make a run of it and end the night early, throwing a ridiculous flurry of punches.
Barrionuevo was able to withstand that assault from Ugas, though, and afterwards it seemed like Ugas was too arm weary to make another real effort to go for a stoppage. Luckily enough for Ugas, he was just too good for Barrionuevo anyway, and just went on to win the fight on two official scores of 120-108 and one of 119-109. I scored the fight a shutout for Ugas, 120-108 for BLH.
With the win Ugas becomes the mandatory challenger to the winner of the Danny Garcia-Shawn Porter fight in tonight’s main event. He says he’s ready for the challenge.