After seven rounds of one-sided action, the corner of Welterweight fringe contender Mike Dallas Jr. (23-4-2, 11 KOs) mercifully put a halt to the contest as their man was taking a pounding at the hands of Yordenis Ugas (25-4, 12 KOs).
On paper, this contest was viewed as a mismatch, and in the ring, that’s exactly how it played out.
Ugas wasted little time in proving to the crowd that packed the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, that he was the bigger, stronger and better fighter. Outside of a disputed split decision loss to former WBC titlist Shawn Porter, a contest many believed Ugas actually won, he had won nine of his past ten fights.
The Cuban born Ugas came out stalking Dallas Jr., everything that he launched at his man seemed to have an obvious effect. Dallas Jr. looked frenetic and uncomfortable for much of the early portion. At some point, Dallas Jr. was expected to settle in, but he never did. He did have his moments but they were far and few between.
Ugas looked sharp all night long. Outside of two low blows that occurred in the second and sixth round, Ugas looked like he was in complete control.
With more than half of his contest ending up in the hands of the judges, and with Dallas Jr. managing to stay off the deck for nearly seven years, it seemed like this contest was destined to go to the judges scorecards.
Yet, after seven full rounds of nothing but one way traffic, the corner of Dallas Jr. decided that they had seen enough and would rather see their fighter live to see another day. At no point was Dallas Jr. in any real trouble but, the accumulation of punches were glaring.
Just take a look at the Compubox numbers. Ugas out landed his man 136 to 46. It was clear that Dallas Jr. needed a knockout to win the match, and with Ugas possessing one of the very best chins in boxing, it seemed as though that outcome was unlikely.
The win marks the second in a row for Ugas since suffering a loss at the hands of Shawn Porter. In terms of who Ugas should go after next, that’s an easy one. He has already gone on the record stating that he wants unified champion Errol Spence Jr. There’s no need to think too much about this one. Let’s make it happen.
Final Grade For Yordenis Ugas: A
When you’re matched up against someone that you’re supposed to dominate, then you should do so. Yordenis Ugas did what he wanted, when he wanted to.
Simply put, it was an easy match for Ugas. For his next outing, we should see him back in the ring with one of the elite of the Welterweight division. \
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