Via Huck Allen: Shawn Porter says that IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr has a slight edge in strength over WBA champion Yordenis Ugas.
Spence and Ugas will meet in a three-belt unity in the first quarter of 2022 on pay-per-view. The showdown winner will likely try and negotiate a bout with WBO champion Terence Crawford for the undisputed 147 lb championship.
Porter has played against both Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) and Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs), and he has had problems with both.
Indeed, Spence Jr beat Porter, while Ugas fought well enough to deserve an all-out victory but ended up with an outdated controversial decision in 2019.
Porter is side A against Ugas, explaining why his hand is up. Although Porter was never injured during the match, he had enough respect for Ugas’ strength to maintain his strength throughout 12 rounds.
For fans who have witnessed Porter’s past matches, it was odd to see him play back the night before Ugas.
Porter chose Spence over Ugas
Shawn will correctly pick undefeated IBF/WBC weight champion Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) to beat Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs).
In theory, this seems like an obvious choice to go with Spence over Ugas as he has the advantages of strength, youth, size, and experience.
“I think Errol wins, and now I’m curious,” said Shawn Porter, picking Spence to beat Ugas on Porter Way Podcast. “At one point, I knew exactly what Yordenis Ugas was going to do, and I can tell you what happens.
“He really did, I think, he didn’t just mature in that moment during the fight with Manny Pacquiao. [in August 2021], but I think he also learned something about himself.
“It was very much like the experience I had when I was talking about Canelo when we first started talking about how he was going to prepare to go into the ring and do whatever he had to do and whatever style he had. he must use.
“I think Yordenis is now at the point where he’s about to make whatever adjustments he has to make to beat anyone who comes across him, and I really believe he can find it. figure out how to beat Errol Spence Jr,” Porter said.
“So I think it was a war that Errol won, but more than anything, I wanted to see what Yordenis Ugas did. Another interesting thing is that I do not know what Yordenis Ugas will enter the ring for, and also do not know what ring Errol Spence Jr will come to. That was crazy,” said Porter.
Spence has more power than Yordenis
Porter rates Spence’s strength slightly better than Yordenis, but here’s the problem. As Ugas loads into his blows, his strength improves and makes him dangerous.
In contrast, Spence doesn’t need to strengthen his shots to get more power into his punches, so it’s easier on him.
“I would say Errol has more power,‘ said Porter when he judged that Spence’s strength was superior to that of Ugas. “One of them knocked me down.
“I would say that Errol has more power. I think with Yordenis, at least when we fought, got stronger. He [Ugas] Porter talks about how Yordenis has done an excellent job in loading up his shots to get the maximum amount of energy into his punches.
“I think he understands that about him. Errol, his strength is a bit more natural when he doesn’t have to force it, but he just has natural strength in both hands,” said Porter when assessing Spence’s strength on Ugas.
It’s unlikely that Ugas will defeat Spence when the two of them meet in early 2022, so the best chance of beating him is decisive.
Ugas has great boxing skills, and he’s more than capable of beating Errol if that’s his game plan.
If Spence makes the same mistake as Manny Pacquiao of not letting go, Ugas could beat him by decision, but it won’t be an easy match for the 35-year-old Cuban.
Unlike his last bout against 42-year-old Pacquiao, Ugas has NO advantage in youth and size over 31-year-old Spence.