Porter vs Ugas

Porter vs Ugas: One of boxing’s best steps back into ring, as WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter takes on Yordenis Ugas at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Saturday night. Two hours and an impromptu haircut later, Shawn Porter remains the defending World Boxing Council welterweight title.

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Porter vs Ugas: One of boxing’s best steps back into ring, as WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter takes on Yordenis Ugas at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Saturday night. Two hours and an impromptu haircut later, Shawn Porter remains the defending World Boxing Council welterweight title.

Porter vs Ugas:This is Ugas’s opportunity to prove his prior defeats are behind him and that he’s aggressive enough to time his attacks when needed. Porter vs Ugas : Often referred to as boxing’s “money division” throughout the aftermath of the heavyweight division’s decline over the last two decades, there is never a shortage of attractive fights to make at 147 pounds.

Premier Boxing Champions is back this evening, starting with a pair of prelim fights at 6:30 pm ET on FS1, and then the show moves over to FOX at 8:00 pm ET for three more bouts, headlined by Shawn Porter defending the WBC welterweight title against Yordenis Ugas.

Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO) won his belt last September, beating Danny Garcia via decision over 12 rounds, and will be making his first defense tonight. Ugas (23-3, 11 KO) has won eight straight fights to get himself into this position.

The FOX card will also feature another welterweight bout between Abel Ramos (23-3-2, 18 KO) and Francisco Santana (25-6-1, 12 KO), set for 10 rounds, plus an eight-round heavyweight bout between prospect Efe Ajagba (8-0, 7 KO) and veteran Amir Mansour (23-3-1, 16 KO).

The prelim fights on FS1 are worth tuning in to see, too. Damien Vazquez (14-0, 7 KO), the younger brother of the great Israel Vazquez, will face former titleholder Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9 KO) in a bantamweight fight, and welterweight prospect Eimantas Stanionis (7-0, 5 KO) takes on Sammy Figueroa (11-1, 4 KO).

Often referred to as boxing’s “money division” throughout the aftermath of the heavyweight division’s decline over the last two decades, there is never a shortage of attractive fights to make at 147 pounds.

This calendar year is no different, particularly to the big-name welterweight fighters who compete under the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) brand. Shawn Porter is well aware of what those future options might be, which makes Saturday’s title defense against the dangerous Yordenis Ugas not just a must-win from the standpoint of keeping his WBC belt, but to secure future paydays.

“Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao; those are all big fights that people want to see,” Porter said. “If this fight goes the way we want it to go, those guys are the goal for the next fight.”

Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) begins his second reign as welterweight champion after brilliantly outpointing Danny Garcia in September to claim a vacant title. He also returns to the scene of the crime on Saturday where he once lost his IBF title to Kell Brook in 2014 when he faces Ugas (23-3, 11 KOs) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California (formerly StubHub Center), in a primetime showcase on Fox (8 p.m. ET).

“I’m looking forward to this fight going differently than last time I fought at this venue, against Kell Brook,” said Porter, who lost a decision to Brook. “I’m going to make sure it goes my way this time, but there’s no added pressure because of it. It’s total focus on getting this job done the best way that I can.

“We’re not going to look past Yordenis Ugas. We’re going to respect everything the man can bring in the ring. We’re going to send it right back at him, look to win this fight, and then after that, look to see who else is out there and willing to get in the ring with me.”

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