Spence stops Ugas to seize third welterweight belt

Spence stops Ugas to seize third welterweight belt

Spence stops Ugas to seize third welterweight belt

Spence stops Ugas to seize third welterweight belt

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Errol Spence punished Yordenis Ugas at the manner to a tenth-spherical technical knockout on Saturday to feature the Cuban’s World Boxing Association title to his World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation belts.

Spence, fighting in front of domestic lovers inside the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T stadium in Texas, remained unbeaten, improving to 28-0 with 22 knockouts when referee Laurence Cole referred to as a halt at 1:44 of the tenth on the recommendation of the ringside doctor.

By then, Ugas’s proper eye was swollen shut from the blows meted out by Spence, who rocked the Cuban within the seventh spherical and persisted to pour within the punishment until it changed into over.

Spence changed into preventing for the primary time for the reason that an eye damage suffered in schooling pressured him out of a planned bout with Manny Pacquiao closing August.

Ugas stepped in at the final minute and sent the Philippine legend into retirement with a unanimous choice victory.

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But the 35-year-vintage Cuban had no answer for Spence’s powerful combos. He did rock the American in the 6th round, sending him reeling into the ropes after knocking Spence’s mouthpiece out.

Spence said he become distracted by means of the lack of his mouthpiece, and did not shield himself adequately.

“I notion the ref had said prevent,” Spence stated. “That’s my fault.”

It might have been dominated a knock-down, however Spence — who has in no way been despatched to the canvas — insisted he become by no means out on his toes.

He led on all three judges’ scorecards whilst the combat was stopped as Ugas fell to 27-five with 12 knockouts.

– ‘Kept on punching’ –

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This might be Spence’s 2d comeback from extreme damage — the first when he become sidelined for months after a vehicle crash in October 2019.

The 32-yr-vintage said at some stage in the in-ring interview post-bout he didn’t have any doubts about his go back after struggling a detached retina.

“I believe in myself 100 percent. I train 100 percent. And I just knew I would be victorious,” he said.

However, with his last fight being in December 2020 — a victory over Danny Garcia — Spence said he did feel his timing was a little off in the early rounds with Ugas.

“But I knew I was going to capture on later within the rounds. I just kept on working, stored on punching.”

With 3 belts in hand, Spence wasted no time in calling out unbeaten World Boxing Organization champion Terence Crawford.

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“That’s the fight that I want, it’s the combat anyone else wishes,” Spence stated. “Terence, I’m coming for that belt.”

Ugas, meanwhile, stated he wanted the combat had continued.

“I could not see from the eye, however I wanted to keep going to the end,” said the 35-year old Cuban, whose eye changed into tested with the aid of the ringside doctor numerous times at some point of the bout.

“I sense sad because I educated truly hard for this combat.”

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