Shawn Porter-Yordenis Ugas Set For March 9 In Las Vegas

By Keith Idec

Shawn Porter will make his first WBC welterweight title defense March 9.

El Nuevo Herald reported Tuesday morning that Porter will face Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas that night in Las Vegas. The Porter-Ugas fight likely will be announced Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in Los Angeles, where Premier Boxing Champions and FOX will unveil several main events as part of an expansive partnership.

Las Vegas’ Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs), a former IBF welterweight champ, won the WBC 147-pound title by defeating Danny Garcia on September 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 31-year-old Porter topped Garcia by unanimous decision in a 12-round fight for a title injury-plagued Keith Thurman relinquished late in April.

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Miami’s Ugas (23-3, 11 KOs) moved closer to a shot at the WBC title on the Porter-Garcia undercard.

Ugas, 32, easily out-boxed Argentina’s Cesar Barrionuevo in a 12-round WBC welterweight elimination match that night. Ugas buzzed Barrionuevo (34-4-2, 24 KOs, 1 NC) with right hands in the second and 12th rounds, but settled for a unanimous-decision win in what amounted to a boring bout.

That victory improved Ugas’ record to 8-0 since he lost back-to-back decision defeats to Emmanuel Robles and Amir Imam in 2014. He is ranked No. 6 among the WBC’s welterweight contenders.

Thurman, meanwhile, is expected to return from what will be a 22-month layoff January 26. A bout between Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), of Clearwater, Florida, and Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs), of Riverside, California, also is expected to be announced Tuesday as the main event of a FOX telecast January 26 from Barclays Center.

The 29-year-old Thurman hasn’t fought since defeating Danny Garcia by split decision in their welterweight title unification fight in March 2017 at Barclays Center. Thurman recently petitioned the WBC to get the shot at Porter that WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman promised him when he gave up that title, but the WBA welterweight champion wasn’t expected to take on an opponent as tough as Porter in his first fight back from a hand injury and elbow surgery.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Deontay Wilder on 02-12-2019

Amir Mansour fighting JEFE AJAGBA on the undercard! Old man got some serious balls. He fights everyone. Ajagba's fists are weapons of mass destruction.

Comment by BendOver on 02-02-2019

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19410328]Honestly I did not. I haven't followed his career much, so had to look up who he has fought. I hope he gives Porter hell, and beats him. Porter has an ugly style that is extremely painful and frustrating for…

Comment by JWHardin on 01-05-2019

[QUOTE=BendOver;19409342]Did you know Ugas was not fully concentrated on his career back then? What he can do now is what is important.[/QUOTE] Honestly I did not. I haven't followed his career much, so had to look up who he has…

Comment by BendOver on 01-04-2019

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19271291]Ugas has a couple of decent wins against Ray Robinson and Jamal James, but also has a couple of losses to Imir Imam (who lost to Granados, who Porter beat), and Emanual Robels and Johnny Garcia. (Both guys have 5…

Comment by JWHardin on 11-14-2018

[QUOTE=slimPickings;19270524]From what i have seen of him, Ugas is technically sound but nothing special....and it is going to take more than a Ugas type caliber fighter to wrest Porter's belt from him and kill potential million dollar paydays against Thurman…

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