WBC welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) isn’t anticipating an easy outing for his first title defense against Yordenis Ugas (23-3, 11 KOs) in just a few weeks. Porter, who has based his training camp out of Washington D.C. for this fight, says he’s been getting good work from Barry Hunter’s stable of fighters — including Lamont Peterson — and expects that will prepare him for what Ugas will bring to the table on fight night.
“I expect him to be consistently aggressive, I expect him to try to come at me hard like I’ve seen him go at guys in his past previous fights. And I expect it to be a hard fight, I don’t expect to hit Yordenis one time and then go down, he’s not that kind of fighter,” said Porter.
“A lot of people expect this to be a wash for me. I’m expecting it’s going to be a hard fight,” said Porter.
Porter, 31, is most recently coming off a decision win over Danny Garcia last September in a fight where he won the vacant WBC title, while Ugas, 32, is on an 8-fight win streak since losing to Amir Imam back in 2014.
With a win here Porter will look to land a marquee bout against Manny Pacquiao, a newcomer to the PBC stable, in what would be a fan-friendly firefight should it come together.