Eight months after toppling Welterweight legend Manny Pacquiao, WBA champion Yordenis Ugas will attempt to do the same TONIGHT (Sat., April 16, 2022) against unified WBC/IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr. inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of tonight’s main event below. The Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) kicks off at 9 pm ET, with Spence and Ugas likely to make the walk closer to midnight.
Ugas scored the biggest win of his career in Aug. 2021, stepping up on short notice to defeat the inimitable Pacquiao (watch highlights). He’d stepped in for Spence that evening, but with “The Truth’s” eye fully repaired, the time has come to crown a three-belt champion at 147 pounds.
Showtime’s PPV main card will also see Lightweight bruiser Isaac Cruz face faded star Yuriorkis Gamboa, unbeaten Jose Valenzuela take on former champ Francisco Vargas, and Cody Crowley trade hands with Josesito Lopez in what could be an absolute slugfest.
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas — Spence def. Ugas by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 1:44 of Round 10
Isaac Cruz vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa—Cruz def. Gamboa by TKO at 1:32 of Round Five
Jose Valenzuela vs. Francisco Vargas — Valenzuela def. Vargas by KO at 1:25 of Round One
Cody Crowley vs. Josesito Lopez—Crowley def. Lopez by unanimous decision (98-91 x2, 99-90)
IBF/WBC/WBA “Super” Welterweight Championship: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas
Round one: Both men jab the body to start. Spence tries a combo. Neither man committing to a lot so far. Spence looks for a body shot. Halfway through. He’s the busier of the two with his jab. Counter body shot from Ugas. Spence body combo, overhand right by Ugas. Nice body shot lands for Ugas and a left on the exit. 10-9 Ugas.
Round two: Early jabs from Spence, clinch. Ugas sneaks a right downstairs. Spence busier so far this round. Sending out 1-2s. Right hand catches Spence on the exit. Again. 1-2 halfway through for Spence. They trade body shots inside. Big lead right from Ugas. Spence digs a left downstairs. Hard overhand left. Clinch. Long combo by Spence produces some body shots. 10-9 Spence. 19-19.
Round three: Spence with some decent work inside, tries an overhand left. Counter left met by an Ugas body shot. Good exchange, heavy left from Spence as Ugas goes to the body. Big overhand lefts from Spence and an uppercut splits the guard. Body shots, right hands from Ugas in return. More looping lefts by Spence. Halfway through. Ugas warned for pushing his head down, lands an overhand right soon after. Spence responds with a series of body shots. Ugas left hook, good fighting from both. Spence splits the guard with a left, Ugas comes back with a combo. Big overhand rights connect for him. Spence tags his body in return. 10-9, 29-28 Spence.
Round four: Spence continues to be the busier of the two. Good exchange in center ring. Short uppercuts land. High-low double left. Spence keeping up the good body work. Ugas is trying to answer on the break or land in big exchanges but the sheer activity of Spence is giving him all sorts of problems. Infighting from Spence halfway through. Warned for low blows. Trading jabs, tight hook lands for Ugas. Body shots connect. More nice body work by Ugas. He did a good job late in that round. 10-9 Ugas in a swing round, 38-38.
Round five: Heavy body shots from Spence to start. Spence once again controlling the early going with activity, landing to the body and head with regularity. Excellent body work and an uppercut behind it. Another slick uppercut inside. Halfway through. Spence chewing him up forehead-to-forehead. Ugas trying to answer in kind. The body shots and uppercuts are piling up for Spence. Ugas rips a right downstairs in return. There’s a hundred combo upstairs and an overhand right. Counter uppercut. Spence with another body shot and uppercut. 10-9, 48-47 Spence.
Round six: Spence gets right back to the inside and goes to work on the body. Ugas is game as hell but Spence is bossing it at close range. Solid rights from Ugas knock Spence’s mouthpiece out; the ref appears to step in, but doesn’t, allowing Ugas to blast Spence with a 1-2. Now they pause to get his mouthpiece back. Halfway through. There’s a hard series from Ugas after Spence goes back to chewing him up in the pocket. Good uppercut by Ugas answered in kind. 10-9, 58-56 Spence.
Round seven: Spence continuing to chip away at close range. He’s putting a lot behind these body shots. Nice uppercut appears to hurt Ugas and Spence tries to pounce, rebuffing an attempt to clinch. Heavy shots from Spence around the guard. Halfway through. Ugas’ eye isn’t in great shape. Ugas seems to have his wits about him but Spence continues to just march in and rip the midsection. Heavy combo from Ugas answered in kind. Spence jacks him with more close-range shots until the bell. 10-9, 68-65 Spence.
Round eight: Uppercuts and body shots continue to land for Spence. Nasty left downstairs has Ugas retreating. Ref steps in to warn Spence once again for low blows. Spence really looking for the kill with these shots. Halfway through. Vicious left from Spence. Tearing up the head and body. The ref pauses in the middle of a Spence combination to have the doctor check out Ugas’ swollen eye. Ugas gets the all clear but Spence gets right back to brutalizing him. Hard left around the guard. Ugas comes back with an overhand right. 10-8 Spence without a knockdown, 78-73.
Round nine: Ugas is brave as hell but this is a demolition job at this point. Spence just will not stop throwing and landing full-power shots to the head and body. Ref pauses to warn him for low blows again. Clubbing hooks from Spence. More hooks halfway through. Hard right to the body from Ugas appears to get Spence’s attention, but he goes right back on the attack. Both rip the body. Ugas showing a bit of life, now he gets warned for low blows. Solid right upstairs. 10-9, 88-82 Spence.
Round ten: Trading at mid-range, now a right hook from Spence. Heavy uppercut appears to hurt Ugas and Spence continues to stalk him. Overhand right by Ugas in return. Halfway through. Ref pauses the fight to once again have the doctor look at Ugas’ eye and this time they rightly wave it off.
Final result: Spence def. Ugas by TKO (doctor stoppage)
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