WBC ordered Yordenis Ugas to face the former WBA (Regular) super lightweight champion Mario Barrios for the interim welterweight championship. But what do we know about the two men in the co-main event?
Yordenis Ugas is a Cuban Olympic bronze medalist and the last person to defeat Manny Pacquiao. He’s held titles at welterweight (Regular) and super welterweight, but has since lost the super welterweight belt in his last contest with Errol Spence, Jr.
How to watch Yordenis Ugas vs. Mario Barrios fight
- Date: Sept. 30 | Start time: 8 p.m. ET
- Location: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas
- How to watch: Showtime PPV ($84.99)
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Yordenis Ugas vs. Mario Barrios Preview
Mario Barrios s an American professional boxer who held the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title for a little over two years before he met up with Gervonta Davis, who kindly removed it from him in the eleventh round via TKO. He would take a second, straight loss eight months later to Keith Thurman.
The rebound would come this past February in San Antonio where he would win the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title. Known for power punching and aggression, Barrios will present quite a challenge for the more technical boxer that is Yordenis Ugas. Let’s see how their stats and accolades stack up
The welterweight title is in Errol Spence Jr.’s possession at the moment, and he is expected to fight Keith Thurman next in a non-title bout. However, if Spence remains in the junior middleweight class after the Thurman fight, the winner of the Ugas vs. Barrios showdown will likely take him head-on.
Moreover, the WBC could also order the winner to defend their interim champion status against the winner of the upcoming eliminator between Cody Crowley and Abel Ramos.
Ugas, 36, last appeared inside the ring when he suffered a defeat to Spence in April at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He was stopped in the 10th round of their welterweight title unification fight. The ringside physician stopped the fight after the area surrounding Ugas’s eyes was severely swollen
- Ranked No. 3 at welterweight (Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, The Ring and BoxRec)
- 27-5 record with 12 knockout wins
- Captured: WBA super welterweight belt, WBA (Regular) welterweight belt, Olympic bronze medal
- Longest winning streak: 11
- Current streak: 1 loss
- Ranked No. 9 at super lightweight (The Ring)
- 27-2 record with 18 knockout wins
- Captured: WBA Inter-Continental welterweight belt, WBA (Regular) super lightweight title, WBC Continental Americas welterweight belt)
- Longest winning streak: 26 wins
- Current streak: 1 win
Yordenis Ugas vs. Mario Barrios fight card
* Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo – For Alvarez’s WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF super middleweight titles
* Jesus Ramos Jr. vs. Erickson Lubin – Light middleweight
* Yordenis Ugas vs. Mario Barrios – For the vacant WBC interim welterweight title
* Elijah Garcia vs. Armando Resendiz – Middleweight
* Frank Sanchez vs. Scott Alexander – Heavyweight
* Gabriel Valenzuela vs. Yeis Gabriel Solano – Super lightweight
* Terrell Gausha vs. KeAndre Leatherwood – Middleweight
* Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Isaac Rodrigues – Light heavyweight
* Curmel Moton vs. Ezequiel Flores – Super featherweight
* Justin Viloria vs. Angel Barrera – Super featherweight
* Bek Nurmaganbet vs. Abimbola Osundairo – Super middleweight
* Abilkhan Amankul vs. Joeshon James – Middleweight