The fight wasn’t particularly an entertaining one, or one that coaches will record and show their fighters to practice emulating, but it was a close, competitive fight throughout all 12 rounds.
By way of ridiculously contrasting scorecards, ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17KO) eeked out a split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas (23-4-0, 11KO) for the first defense of his WBC Welterweight title belt.
In large, Porter used his improved footwork to try and offset Ugas counterpunching ability, to try and get him off balanced and exploit him at angles. Ugas main tactic was to keep him measured behind a lengthy power jab, looking to time Porter’s unorthodox technique, and find opportunities to counterpunch.
Ugas for large chunks of the fight stayed very measured, and found opportunities to land multiple left hooks to the body. For Porter, while he found success in landing some lead right hands upstairs, it was surprising that he didn’t try to spend more time getting inside of Ugas reach, going to work and wailing at his body to bring him down to his height.
The final round featured a Shawn Porter who fought as if he either thought the fight was in the bag, or felt he was ahead on the scorecards, despite the urgency from his Trainer/Father Kenny Porter exhibited in the final rounds of the fight.
Upon the revelation of the judges scorecards, the crowd in majority wasn’t in agreement with the decision, letting their feelings be known, and Ugas showed some natural frustration as to how the judging panned out against his behalf. Here were the judges scores, as well as Project Combat’s scorecard…
Steve Morrow = 116 – 112 for SHAWN PORTER
Zachary Young = 117 – 111 for YORDENIS UGAS
Max De Luca = 115 – 113 for SHAWN PORTER
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARD
Tré Berry = 114 – 114 for a DRAW