Shawn Porter vs Yordenis Ugas
Two-time world champion, Ohio's Shawn Porter, makes the first defence of his WBC title, which he won 6 months earlier, against former two-weight world champion, Danny Garcia. Porter takes on Cuban, Yordenis Ugas, Ugas, a very good amateur, also coming off a couple of very dominant wins, is an underdog, but expected to give Porter problems.
Porter is very mobile in the early rounds, he throws in combinations, able to land a fair few clean punches, but Ugas is the aggressor, lands, although less, the stand out punches, does some great work to the body.
Ugas struggles to get in range to land his shots, often in the mid rounds, as Porter uses his movement very well, and Porter gets the best of it when they exchange, but Ugas is able to time Porter, beat him to the punch at long range.
The fight is still very closely fought in the late rounds, Porter continues to move well, lands his jab with snap behind it, throws at angles, out works Ugas, but Ugas is still aggressive, but smart, still lands the harder power shots overall.
It seems to most people as if Ugas has edged the fight, but there are mixed opinions, some think Porter has done enough to keep his belt.
One judge scores Ugas a winner by a landslide, another scores Porter a fairly wide winner, and a decisive judge scores Porter a narrow winner. Shawn Porter beats Yordenis Ugas by Split Decision.
The decision is controversial, Fox score Ugas a close winner, Ray Mancini and Floyd Mayweather Sr heavily criticise the decision, insist Porter didn't win, Leo Santa Cruz says Ugas edged the fight, but Keith Thurman, Mikey Garcia, Lennox Lewis disagree on it being a bad decision, believe it was a close fight that could have gone either way.