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Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas Betting Guide: Can Showtime Retain His Title?

Mar 09, 2019 12:31 AM EST

Betting Odds: Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas

  • Shawn Porter odds: -350
  • Yordenis Ugas odds: +275
  • Over/Under: 9.5 rounds (-425/+325)
  • Location: Carson, Ca.
  • Time: Approx. 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Channel: FOX

Shawn Porter’s first defense of his WBC welterweight title was nearly called off after he weighed-in over the 147-pound limit on Friday. But after a quick haircut, the champion will be in action on Saturday.

It took Porter (29-2-1) four years to climb to the top of the welterweight division and reclaim a share of the 147-pound world title, but he did so in impressive fashion when he defeated former two-division champion Danny Garcia by unanimous decision in September for his WBC belt.

Now he turns his attention to Cuban journeyman Yordenis Ugas for his first title defense since winning the belt. Ugas (23-3-0) is seeking to win a world title in his first career championship fight as a pro.

Here’s a breakdown of the pending championship bout.

Ugas’ Path to Victory

Ugas, like many Cuban-born fighters before him, had a successful career as an amateur boxer. He won a gold medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships at 19 years old and a bronze medal as a lightweight in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

That said, his career as a pro hasn’t shown him the same level of success yet. Since Ugas suffered back-to-back losses in 2014, he has won eight consecutive fights to earn his way to a title shot.

While Ugas isn’t considered a knockout puncher, four of those eight wins were by stoppage. The Cuban works behind a strong jab, but has sneaky power with his right hand. His most recent fight with a knockdown was against Ray Robinson where Ugas caught him with a strong right hook.

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Ugas is short on championship-level experience though. His last fight against Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo was a decisive, but the competition level left much to be desired.

Ugas was accurate, landing 34% of his total punches according to CompuBox numbers, but couldn’t finish Barrionuevo late in the fight — his first to go 12 full rounds.