Shawn Porter retained his WBC welterweight title in tonight’s PBC on FOX main event, edging past Yordenis Ugas via very debatable split decision.
Porter (30-2-1, 17 KO) won two cards on scores of 115-113 and 116-112, while Ugas (23-4, 11 KO) won one card, 117-111. BLH had it 115-113 for Ugas.
Ugas, who had won eight straight coming into this fight, was a determined challenger, but may wind up kicking himself tomorrow. There were a few rounds where he probably could have done a bit more, and that might have been enough to swing a couple in his favor on that 115-113 Porter card from judge Max DeLuca. Or maybe not.
Porter, 31, struggled to make weight on Friday, eventually having to cut chunks of his hair off to get under 147 pounds. He bounced around a lot in this fight, not attacking the crafty, longer and taller Cuban with the sort of bullying tactics we’ve often seen him use in the past. And Ugas didn’t box at range nearly as much as you might have expected, either — he often stalked Porter, doing good body work.
So setting the arguments about the scores aside for a moment, it was definitely an odd fight, one that wasn’t really at all what most of us anticipated seeing from either man. Two of the judges saw it for the defending titleholder, who is also the bigger name and was the A-side coming in.
Statistically speaking, it was a really close fight according to the CompuBox totals. Porter landed 144 of 515 (28%) total punches, and 79 of 285 (28%) power shots. Ugas landed 128 of 449 (29%) total, and 79 of 223 (35%) power shots. Porter actually landed more jabs than Ugas did, 65-49.
How did you score this one? Was Porter lucky to get out with his belt, or did he deserve to retain?