Errol Spence Jr. has defeated Yordenis Ugas via a 10th round stoppage in Texas on Saturday night to set up a potential unification bout in the welterweight division against Terence Crawford.
Going into Saturday’s fight, Spence Jr. held the WBC and IBF welterweight titles and with his win over Ugas, he landed the WBA belt to that haul.
Now, all that remains is the WBO belt, which Crawford holds.
And at the end of the fight, it seemed the long-time rivals could well be motivated to set up the fight in the division that myriads of boxing fans have wanted to see for many years.
Spence Jr. Battles Back After Brutal Round 6
That’s not to say that Spence Jr. had it all his own way in Saturday’s fight.
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 16: Errol Spence Jr. fights against Yordenis Ugas at AT&T Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
His 35-year-old opponent was outboxed in the early part of the fight and was losing rounds, but didn’t ever look like he was in a huge amount of trouble against Spence Jr.
Then in the sixth round of the bout, Ugas connected with a huge right hand that sent Spence Jr’s mouthguard flying across the ring.
The referee halted the fight to allow Spence Jr. to retrieve it, but Ugas was quickly on him following that up with another left-right combination that sent Spence into the ropes.
It was as close to a knockdown as you could get, yet conversely, it triggered the beginning of the end of the fight for Ugas.
That sixth-round shock seemed to wake Spence Jr up and in the seventh, he began to launch some devastating attacks of his own, with a left uppercut putting Ugas very much on the back foot for the remainder of the fight.
Over the next few rounds, Spence Jr. administered more punishment and by the 10th round Ugas right eye was closed, with the ringside doctor advising the referee Laurence Cole to stop the fight.
A quick check on the cards revealed what those ringside already knew, Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) was ahead on all three of the judges’ cards (88-82, 88-83 and 88-82).
Potential Hurdle To Crawford Fight Removed
After the win, Spence Jr. made it clear what opponent he wanted next.
“Everybody knows who I want next; I want Terence Crawford next…That’s the fight that I want; that’s the fight that everybody else wants.”
“Terence, I’m coming for that motherf***ing belt.”
The optimism for the two great rivals to finally face off in the ring has been spurred on by Crawford reaching the end of his long-term agreement with Top Rank.
That means now, Crawford can find a promoter that will work with PBC, who have the rights to Spence Jr’s fights and with whom Top Rank seldom did any business.
In response to Spence Jr’s comments post-fight, Crawford took to Twitter to respond, tweeting:
“Congratulations, great fight now the real fight happens. No more talk, no more side of the street, let’s go!”
No Details On Unification Bout As Yet
As yet, there is no details on any potential unification bout between Spence Jr. and Crawford, but there is likely to be a huge amount of interest from promoters wishing to put on the bout, with a big venue somewhere in the United States likely to be the perfect venue.
Whether that is in Madison Square Garden, Las Vegas, or even in Texas where Spence Jr. has boxed for his last four fights, remains to be seen.
And after the exciting welterweight action this week, boxing fans will now turn their attention to the heavyweight division as Tyson Fury takes on Dillian Whyte in defence of his WBC title, with Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua set to meet in their rematch for the other heavyweight world titles in late July.
Could boxing fans finally see two elite divisions in boxing unified in 2022? There’s plenty to do to sort that out as yet, but it remains an exciting possibility.
FEATURED IMAGE – ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 16: Errol Spence Jr. connects with a punch against Yordenis Ugas at AT&T Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)