By Jim Calfa: Mario Barrios (28-2, 18 KOs) picked up the WBC interim welterweight title with a career-best twelve spherical unanimous choice win towards the ring-rusty Yordenis Ugas (27-6, 12 KOs) final Saturday night time on the T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.
Ugas was knocked down twice within the contest and penalized a degree for spitting out his mouthpiece in spherical twelve after getting dropped by Barrios.
Exhibiting that he’s not the washed-up former WBA 140-lb paper champion that many boxing followers view him as, the 28-year-old Barrios out-slugged and outboxed Ugas, closing his eye and dropping him twice.
Barrios didn’t do something extraordinary to get the victory apart from jabbing and touchdown photographs to the attention of the drained & old-looking 37-year-old Ugas, who seemed nothing just like the fighter he’d been 4 years earlier.
For probably the most half, Barrios jabbed and did a superb job of blocking the wild swings from Ugas. Within the later rounds, Ugas light badly, and his photographs had nothing on them, and he was simply winging them, on the lookout for a one-punch knockout.
A lot of the injury that ‘El Azteca’ Barrios did within the battle was from his highly effective jab, which he used to drop the 37-year-old Ugas within the second spherical, and hold him at bay for a lot of the twelve spherical battle.
Ugas hadn’t fought since April in a tenth spherical knockout loss to Errol Spence Jr. in Arlington, Texas. In that battle, Ugas suffered a fractured proper orbital bone.
Heading into final Saturday night time’s battle, it was believed that Ugas’ proper eye would begin swelling up and would shut as soon as Barrios began hitting him there. Positive sufficient, that’s what occurred.
By the eighth spherical, Ugas’ proper eye was closing, making it essential for the ringside physician to look at in a number of instances throughout the contest. Every time, he allowed the motion to proceed.
“I wish to take it additional and contend for the principle WBC title,” mentioned Mario Barrios after the battle. “I do know that there are steps to get there. I’m going to sit down down with my staff, and we’re going to see what’s subsequent.”
If present WBC welterweight champion Terence Crawford vacates the title, Barrios would then face #1 Cody Crowley (22-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant belt.
That might be a 50-50 sort of battle, as Crowley isn’t previous and doesn’t have a watch downside that Barrios may make the most of.
Barrios is an effective fighter, however he hasn’t improved sufficient since his losses to Keith Thurman & Gervonta Davis for him to be seen as a favourite towards Crowley.
It’s simply fortunate for Barrios that Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis isn’t the #1 WBC contender at 147 as a result of if that was the case, Mario would wish to go in a special route to seize a world title as a result of he’s not going to beat him.