Yordenis Ugás received a harsh punishment for fighting Errol Spence Jr. at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Photo: AFP
Undefeated American Errol Spence Jr. defeated. the Cuban Yordenis Ugás by technical knockout in the tenth round on Saturday night and snatched him the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title in a unification fight held at Arlington Stadium in Texas. It was a beating before the last executioner of Filipino legend Manny Pacquiaowhich left one eye completely closed and disfigured.
Spence, 32, has now become the category title holder in three entities, as he holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Federation (FIB) belts.
The American extended his professional unbeaten record to 28 games, with 22 finished before the limit, while Ugás suffered his fifth loss in 32 games.
Errol Spence Jr. celebrated. after defeating Yordenis Ugás in Texas. Photo: AFP
“I want to win on my return. I feel strong, my work in the gym is decisive“, said Spence, who has been inactive for 16 months due to an injury to his left eye that prevented his fight with Pacquiao in August. This injury gave Ugás the opportunity to deliver a major blow to his career against Filipino.
“I think when the fight started, I was a little bored,” Spence explained. “In the next rounds, when I started landing my punches, placing them and picking them up instead of just hitting hard, I was able to land a lot on him and get him tired. I felt it blow, because he wasn’t the usual punch“.
The match was scheduled for 12 rounds, but at 1:44 of the tenth, referee Laurence Cole ordered Ugás to go to his corner so the doctor could examine his eye a second time. Unlike the previous two episodes, when the fighting continued, it stopped, despite Ugás’ protests.
Ugás’ right eye was hit by Spence Jr. Photo: AFP
The 25-year-old Cuban was removed from the stadium in an ambulance, at a local hospital. “I kept hitting and I thought the referee was going to stop it,” Spence lamented.
A contest between Spence and World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Terence Crawford to crown a unified champion in the 147-pound division is now likely.