In a showdown between ex-world champs, San Antonio’s very personal Mario “El Azteca” Barrios (28-2, 18 KOs) dropped Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas (27-6, 12 KOs) twice, clinching the Interim WBC Welterweight belt by way of a transparent unanimous verdict (117-108, 118-107 on two playing cards) within the PPV undercard showcase.
Grinning ear to ear, Barrios shared, “Although I’m achy, I’m buzzing with thrill! Our coaching methods actually pulled by way of. I’ve at all times held Ugas in excessive regard. Put up this combat, my respect for him has soared. Kudos to him for this gripping battle.”
Spherical two noticed Barrios ship the primary fight-defining punch. With a strong left, he caught a forward-moving Ugas off-guard, taking the ex-welterweight champ off his toes. Though Ugas bounced again quickly, he struggled to outpace the agile Barrios.
Recalling the turning level, Barrios mentioned, “That first flooring was a sport changer. He obtained me good with a liver shot early on, which took some wind out of me. However after discovering my groove with a swift jab, I started to show up the warmth.”
Regardless of the velocity mismatch, Ugas fought exhausting, counting on intensified physique pictures and crisp proper punches, aiming to regulate Barrios. But, Barrios’ relentless tempo posed a problem for Ugas. The stats? Barrios threw 810 in opposition to Ugas’ 484 and landed extra first punches (107) than Ugas’s whole tally (101).
Ugas, exhibiting indicators of fatigue, had his proper eye balloon up. This drew the eye of the ringside physician not as soon as, not twice, however thrice earlier than the final trio of rounds! By the twelfth, Barrios was in full throttle. He nailed a pointy counter left hook on Ugas’s ballooning eye, flooring him for the second time. Within the midst of this last spherical chaos, Ugas’s mouth guard took a leap of religion twice, main referee Tom Taylor to subtract some extent simply earlier than the concluding bell. Victorious, Barrios is now setting his eyes on bigger welterweight battles.
With ambition gleaming in his eyes, Barrios mentioned, “I’m focusing on the first WBC belt. Clearly, there are some hurdles forward. As soon as I’ve had a chat with my squad, we’ll chalk out the longer term technique.”