Yordenis Ugas outlasts Omar Figueroa Jr.
Welterweight Yordenis Ugas (16-1 11KOs) picked up the biggest win of his career defeating former lightweight world champion Omar Figueroa Jr. (18-3 12KOs) in the second bout of the FOX pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The bout started as an all-action affair with Figueroa applying a ton of pressure and having early success only to get hit with a pull-counter right that knocked Figueroa to the ropes, referee Russell Mora made a judgment call to call it a knockdown. This dramatic swayed the first round.
The bout was ugly. Figueroa came forward awkwardly with a lot of pressure while Ugas, an untraditional Cuban threw unorthodox punches. In a clumsy bout as Ugas lost a point for holding in the fifth round. The bout just had no momentum and Ugas took over.
Figueroa prior to the fight had removed his father from the team and apparently mostly trained himself.
The judges saw it 119-109 for Ugas.
The win makes Ugas, the number one contender for the WBC welterweight title. He will face the winner of Errol Spence Jr. versus Shawn Porter, which takes place later this year on PPV.