Mario Barrios lastly received his large victory.
The 28-year-old from San Antonio, who got here up quick towards Gervonta Davis and Keith Thurman in back-to-back fights in 2021 and final 12 months, defeated former champ Yordenis Ugas by a unanimous resolution in a 12-round bout between welterweight contenders on the Canelo Alvarez-Jermell Charlo card Saturday in Las Vegas.
The official scores had been 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108. Boxing Junkie additionally scored it 117-108 for Barrios, 9 rounds to 3
Barrios (28-2, 18 KOs) put Ugas (27-6, 12 KOs) down twice, as soon as with a jab in Spherical 2 and once more with a left in Spherical 12. Nevertheless, it was his technical skill – notably his left jab – that earned him the victory.
The Texan outboxed and outworked the 37-year-old Ugas, who was aggressive and had some good moments however couldn’t maintain tempo together with his youthful opponent.
The jab additionally closed Ugas’ proper eye, the identical eye that Errol Spence Jr. broken in April of final 12 months. The damage evidently hampered the Cuban down the stretch, when Barrios appeared to tug away on the playing cards.
The ring physician checked the attention 3 times however in the end allowed Ugas to complete the struggle, which the courageous former champion was decided to do.
Ugas, apparently exhausted, was docked some extent for deliberately spitting out his mouth piece within the closing spherical.
Barrios has now received back-to-back fights because the Thurman struggle, which was his debut as a full-fledged 147-pounder. He knocked out Jovanie Santiago in eight rounds in February.
Ugas has misplaced his final two fights, a tenth-round knockout towards Spence and now a one-sided resolution to Barrios 17 months later. It is going to be troublesome for him to climb again into title rivalry at his age and with the recurring eye downside.