Porter vs Ugas Live Stream Online
It will be the first time Porter has defended his belt and Ugas is the mandatory challenger. The bout was set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas but has been moved to the home of MLS side LA Galaxy in California.
Porter has his sights on bigger things in the near future but will have to deal with Ugas first and here’s everything you need to know about the bout.
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.
Porter vs Ugas Live Stream Online
“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.
Shawn Porter vs Yordenis Ugas: TV details and how to stream
The 12-round welterweight contest will not be shown on live TV in the UK.
It will be broadcast on FOX in the United States and will be available to stream on the FOX Sports app.
“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.”
With the exception of the March 16 pay-per-view bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia, Porter-Ugas was widely considered the most interesting of the initial fights announced in PBC’s new multi-year deal with Fox.
A native of Cuba, the 32-year-old Ugas has quietly evolved into one of the most interesting fighters in the division and rides an eight-fight win streak since a pair of 2014 defeats cast a shadow of doubt as to whether he would ever live up to his potential as a top amateur. Mixing pressure with technique, Ugas has found a perfect balance inside the ring and has become known for his propensity to land a number of awkward punches, including an uppercut he releases from distance. Yet should Saturday’s fight call for it, Ugas has no issue with standing up to Porter’s brawling and sometimes dirty style.
“We are both clashing, come-forward fighters, so we are going to stand in the ring and see who is going to go backwards first,” Ugas said. “I’m expecting a very tough fight. Shawn is known for that. That’s how he became a world champion. But I’m a world-class fighter looking to become a champion, and I’m going to leave it all in the ring. I really don’t feel you’ve seen the best of Yordenis Ugas.”
The one mystery between the two is what may or may not have taken place during a 2017 sparring session in Las Vegas. Ugas claims it happened and has a picture on his phone to prove it. However, he prefers to leave the details of what exactly happened inside the gym.
Porter, meanwhile, has openly questioned whether the sparring happened at all and, if it did, said all he can remember is that Ugas wasn’t on his level.
“Shawn and I sparred a couple years ago, but I’m a way different fighter than I was then. You’re going to see an elite fighter on Saturday,” Ugas said. “I am taller than Shawn, but in the ring, there isn’t a big difference. If he prefers to fight taller fighters, I actually think that will be to my advantage. I’ll show you why on Saturday.”
Regardless of what took place between the two, the 31-year-old Porter believes his time is now and has predicted an early ending.