Ugas shows Barrionuevo why there are levels to this sport
Yordenis Ugas is known to be the wildcard challenger of the welterweight division. Since losing to Amir Imam at junior welterweight in 2014, he has redefined his style and reinvigorated his career.
However, this fight was a mismatch on paper and in the ring. Although Cesar Barrionuevo was seen as a dangerous foe due to his punching power, he was anything but that. This was his first fight at this level, his first in the U.S along with his first on primetime television.
Either the nervous jitters were working in overdrive or Barrionuevo just isn’t skilled enough to compete at the level of Ugas. From the opening bell, the Cuban fighter dominated his opponent.
As he stalked the Argentine round after round, he showed how dangerous he can be working the body. He landed shots downstairs from countering his opponent and by stalking him. He even lead to the body many times without suffering from the consequence of leaving a window open for a counter going to the body from the outside presents.
After twelve rounds, only one judge gave Barrionuevo a round, which was one round away from a complete shutout.
Ugas is noted in the media as one of the only welterweights to callout Errol Spence. The #2 ranked IBF contender is considered the top candidate since the #1 spot is vacant. Also, he has voiced his interest in getting the winner of Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.
As the #9 ranked WBC contender, facing the winner of that fight is also a possibility. Whichever path he takes, Ugas has made it clear he is ready for a title shot now!.
By: EJ Williams