Shawn Porter Looking for Flawless Performance in Upcoming Title Fight

WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter will defend his belt against Yordenis Ugas this weekend in Carson, Calif.

Updated: March 6, 2019 • 7:10 PM ET

Yordenis Ugas is looking to pull off a reverberating upset this weekend.

The WBC welterweight title will be on the line this Saturday in Carson, Calif., as Shawn Porter will defend the belt for the first time against Yordenis Ugas at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Danny Garcia in September, which earned him the vacant WBC welterweight title and handed the Philadelphian his first loss. Porter is also a former IBF champion, holding the belt from 2013-14.

Riding three straight victories since losing to Keith Thurman by unanimous decision for the title in 2016, Porter’s only other loss was also by decision to Kell Brook in 2014. The 31-year-old Akron, Ohio native has key victories over Garcia, Andre Berto, Adrien Broner, Paul Malignaggi, Devon Alexander, Julio Diaz and Alfonso Gomez. However, Porter isn’t overlooking his next challenge.

“I expect him to be consistently aggressive,” Porter said via The Ring. “I expect him to try to come at me hard like I’ve seen him go at guys in his past previous fights. And I expect it to be a hard fight.

“I don’t expect to hit Yordenis one time and then go down, he’s not that kind of fighter.”

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Porter continued, “A lot of people expect this to be a wash for me. I’m expecting it’s going to be a hard fight. Errol Spence, Mikey Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, I want to show all those guys that there aren’t any holes in my game, and any holes they thought I had, I don’t want those to be seen when I fight Yordenis Ugas.”

Porter has plans for future fights, but insists he isn’t looking past Ugas.

“I’ve had my same short list of fighters I’ve always wanted to face ever since regaining this title — a rematch with Keith Thurman, and unifications with Errol Spence and Manny Pacquiao,” Porter said via Boxing Scene. “Of course, right now it’s all about Yordenis Ugas and I’m not even going to speculate beyond that.

“What I will say, once we get this win, then we can look at the other top welterweights. It will begin with March 16 and (Spence vs. Garcia) and we will go from there.”

Ugas is riding an eight-fight winning streak, most recently defeating Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo by a dominant unanimous decision in September. The eight victories couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, as they followed two straight decision losses in 2014. The hardworking Cuban fighter now finds himself challenging for his first major title and wants the world to know he’s ready for the big moment.

“It means everything. It means everything for my life, for my career, everything I’ve ever worked for,” Ugas recently told Sporting News. “It’s the green belt and it’s a big fight on Fox…this is everything I’ve ever worked for. I’m really emotional right now going into this fight.”

The 32-year-old Ugas doesn’t mind that he’s the underdog.

“This is the way it should be,” Ugas said. “He’s the champion and Porter has had a great career and beaten a lot of great fighters. I’m the challenger, I have to come and do what I have to do, but the thing is I understand that and I know that.

“So, I got a good game plan. I’m ready to fight and once the bell rings, the odds don’t matter no more. Now, it’s just up to me and Shawn Porter.”

Ugas continued, “I can fight pressure style, but I could also box. I’m also a strong fighter who could punch, so I feel I’m a better technician. I have the better schooling and this is going to turn out to being a really great fight. I’m excited to get in the ring and fight.”

• The main card will take place this Saturday at 8 p.m. and can be seen live on FOX.

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