Ugas: ‘I showed tonight that I belong with the elite fighters at welterweight’

While WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter was able to retain his title with a close split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas on Saturday night, from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, Ugas definitely elevated his status at 147, and he knows it.

“I showed tonight that I belong with the elite fighters at welterweight,” said Ugas. “All I can say is that I’m ready to fight any of the top names in the division. I’ll be back.”

One judge saw the fight 117-111 for Ugas, which was overruled by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 for Porter. Ugas thought he did enough to get the victory.

“There’s no doubt about it, I was robbed tonight,” said Ugas. “After the first round, I figured him out and dominated the fight. He had no answer when I was pushing him back. I dominated the fight in my opinion.”

According to CompuBox, Porter was more active on a per round basis, throwing 42.9 punches per round to 37.4 from Ugas. The 32-year-old Ugas held the advantage in body punches landed at 57 to 34, while the two fighters each landed 79 power punches.

Ugas almost scored a knockdown in the final round, but it was ruled a slip by referee Jack Reiss. If it was ruled a knockdown, Ugas wins the fight.

Here is the good thing for Ugas, he will probably get another crack at a title at 147, which means more chances to make decent money moving forward.

Photo: Frank Micelotta/ FOX Sports

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