Yordenis Ugas will put his WBA welterweight title up against the WBC and IBF belts held by Errol Spence Jr this Saturday, when the two of them meet in a Showtime pay-per-view main event from AT&T Stadium in Texas.
Ugas, 35, scored the biggest win of his career eight months ago, when he won a clear decision over Manny Pacquiao, sending the iconic, legendary fighter into retirement. Like that fight, Spence vs Ugas isn’t one with a bunch of animosity — real or phony — in the build. It’s simply about two top welterweights going head-to-head.
“Spence is a respectful fighter and we have nothing against each other outside of the ring, I’m just ready for action,” he said. “I’m a competitor, I’m a warrior, and I came to fight 12 rounds strong. That’s the most important thing of all. That alone should make Spence uneasy.
“I know I’m the underdog. I came here to win. I will fight whenever, wherever, in anybody’s backyard.”
With Spence (27-0, 21 KO) saying he’s going for the knockout, Ugas (27-4, 12 KO) just sort of shrugged at that, saying he won’t be doing anything differently than normal.
“Spence can say whatever he wants. I’ll fight the way I always do, exchanging blows and coming forward,” the Cuban said. “I’ve always been an underdog, six years ago and now. I’m used to it. Spence is the rightful favorite as a unified champion in his home city, but I came here to pull off the upset.”
Bad Left Hook will have live coverage for Spence vs Ugas on Saturday, with prelim coverage at 7 pm ET and the main pay-per-view card at 9 pm ET.