They got the win–and that seems to be quite enough for Shawn Porter who retained his WBC Welterweight title with a hotly disputed split decision victory over Yordenis Ugas on Saturday, March 9.
“The crowd was expecting a big brawl, but that’s not the way this fight needed to go tonight,” said Porter. “The style that we used left the fight close. As the clock ticks, you have to do what’s working. Tonight the foot movement was working and it made Ugas have to reset.”
Porter seemed determined to show a different style as he looks to keep evolving as a fighter.
“I was very focused the entire fight and just listening to my corner,” said Porter. “We wanted to out box him and eventually turn it on and press him. But my dad did not think that was the smartest way to win the fight. We fought this way for 12 rounds and no one has ever seen that from me before.”
Given the fact that referee Jack Reiss seemed to miss a clear knockdown in Ugas’ favor in Round 12, the Cuban fighter has spent most of Sunday, March 10 posting highlights of the knockdown on Instagram.
Ugas obviously feels he was robbed. Do you think Porter and Ugas should be mandated to fight again?
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