rrol Spence Jr takes on Yordenis Ugas in a highly anticipated welterweight unification showdown in Texas on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old signed to fight Manny Pacquiao last August, but injured his left eye during the fight and had to pull out of the fight less than two weeks before it was scheduled.
Ugas stepped in at short notice to fight Pacquiao in Las Vegas and he controlled the fight as a whole, as a unanimous points decision won.
He will put his WBA super title on the line again this weekend against Spence, who holds the IBF and WBC belts.
Since beating Shawn Porter in September 2019 in what was an exciting fight, Spence has only fought once as his career has stumbled in recent years. A month after beating Porter, he was involved in a serious car accident, which later charged him with drunk driving. The injury to his eye last year is the last setback he suffered outside the ring.
An undisputed potential matchup with Terence Crawford is on offer for the winner on Saturday night, and Spence insists he’s ready for any tactic Ugas brings to the ring.
He said: “Ugas is a tough fighter. You saw when he fought Shawn [Porter] he was waving Shawn in and he was excited.
“So if I get the same Ugas who wants to trade and fight, it could be an early knockout.
“If you can outrun me and beat me, I’ll make it a dogfight and we’ll go to war.”
Spence Jr vs Ugas date, start time, location and ring walks
Spence Jr vs Ugas takes place on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
The main TV undercard is set to begin at 12am BST, with ringside walks for the main event scheduled for around 4am.
As always, these times are subject to change, depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
Spence Jr vs Ugas fight card/undercard in full
Errol Spence Jr vs. Yordenis Ugas
Isaac Cruz vs Yuriorkis Gamboa
Jose Valenzuela against Francisco Vargas
Cody Crowley vs Josesito Lopez
Radzhab Butaev vs. Eimantas Stanionis
Brandun Lee vs. Zachary Ochoa
Vito Mielnicki Jr vs Dan Karpency
Efetobor Apochi vs. Adrian Taylor
Fernando Garcia vs. Angel Barrientes
Darius Fulghum vs. Nosa Divine Nehikhare
Samuel Arnold vs. Darryl Jones
How to watch Spence Jr vs. Ugas
TV channel: Saturday’s event airs live in the US on Showtime PPV, costing $74.99 for fans to watch.
Direct: FITE TV will air the card in the UK, priced at $14.99. The service’s coverage begins at 2 a.m. BST, meaning only the last three fights on the undercard will likely air, then the main event will air.
Spence Jr vs Ugas fight prediction
The undefeated Spence has risen to every challenge he’s faced in his professional career thus far, but inactivity must be a concern after another long spell out of the ring.
It has now been over 16 months since he beat Danny Garcia on points, a fight that came over 14 months after Spence got the better of Porter. There’s also the matter of his eye injury – although Spence and his team hope the problem is behind them, this will be the first fight since he had surgery.
However, despite these concerns, this is a real step forward for Ugas. The Cuban was impressive against Pacquaio but the 43-year-old then retired after that fight, and Ugas has four losses to his name.
It will likely be a competitive fight and potentially a long night for the pair. All of Spence’s last three fights have gone the distance, while Ugas hasn’t seen the final bell once in his last six fights.
Spence has the edge in class and experience against the best in the division, and he should have enough to get a relatively comfortable points decision that will hopefully set up a mega-fight against Crawford later in the day. the year.
Spence wins on points.
Spence Jr vs Ugas weigh-in results
Spence Jr and Ugas hit the scales on Friday, weighing 146¼ pounds and 146¾ pounds respectively – both inside the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.
Spence Jr vs Ugas Odds
Spence Jr win: 1/7
Victory Ugas: 4/1
Spence Jr by decision/technical decision: 4/6
Spence Jr by KO, TKO or DQ: 12/5
Ugas by decision/technical decision: 7/1
Ugas by KO, TKO or DQ: 11/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).