Top Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas (25-4, 12 KOs) defeated Mike Dallas Jr. (23-4-2, 11 KOs) by seventh-round technical knockout in a showdown that headlined FS1 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes Saturday from Beau Rivage Resort Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Ugas’ sharp defense allowed him to limit Dallas Jr. to an average of just seven landed punches per round. Ugas was also impressive on offense, connecting on 52 percent of his power punches (106/203).
The end came at the 3:00 mark of the seventh round when Dallas Jr.’s corner made the decision to stop the fight.
"I'm not overly excited about my performance, but the most important thing was to get the victory and take a step closer to getting the title shot,” said Ugas.
"The game plan was to come forward, come strong,” Ugas continued. “I always work the body strong and want to push the action and that's what I did tonight.
"The main goal now is to keep winning and fight for a title. I'm ready for all of the top welterweights."
Also on the card, Unbeaten top prospect Michel Rivera (18-0, 12 KOs) defeated veteran contender Fidel Maldonado Jr. (27-5-1, 20 KOs) by technical knockout in a lightweight co-main event attraction. Representing Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Rivera scored a knockdown of the Albuquerque, New Mexico native Maldonado Jr. in the 10th round. Maldonado Jr. got up and continued, but Rivera quickly overwhelmed him with a barrage of punches and the referee intervened to stop the bout at the 1:40 mark of the final frame.
"I feel very good,” said Rivera. “They matched me against a boxer with a lot of experience. So, I feel happy with my performance.
"I was ready to fight all the rounds, not just looking for the knockout,” added Rivera. “My corner was telling me wait, relax, take your time because he's an intelligent boxer. I did what they were telling me and I got him out of there in the last round."