Porter Beats Ugas via Split Decision on Fox


Carson, CA March 8th, 2019- In an unusually cold night in Los Angeles Shawn Porter (30-2-1 17KO’s) retained his WBC welterweight title via split decision over Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas (23-4 11KO’s).

Porter was content to box from the outside while Ugas controlled the center of the ring with sharp counter rights as Porter jabbed his way in. In the twelfth round Ugas landed a punch on Porter that sent him to the canvas but was ruled a slip by referee Jack Reiss.

After the final bell the judge’s cards read 117-111 for Ugas, 116-112, and 115-113 for Porter to give him the nod and a successful first defense of his WBC welterweight title. The crowd jeered the decision, and members of the media were split on the decision.

Yordenis Ugas pumps his chest. Photo Lina Baker

“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.” Porter said after the fight.

“There’s no doubt about it, I was robbed tonight. After the first round I figured him out and dominated the fight. He had no answer when I was pushing him back. I dominated the fight in my opinion.” Said Ugas.

Final Compubox stats showed Porter landing 144 out of 515 and Ugas 128 of 449.

Ramos Beats Santana

After being knocked down in the second round, Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) got off the deck to beat Francisco “Chia” Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision.

Stalking Ramos around the ring Santana would have moments in the fight but Ramos controlled the distance, out boxing the slower Santana from the outside. After twelve rounds the judges scored it 98-92, 97-92, and 95-94 for Abel Ramos.

“He caught me on a flash knockdown in the second round,” said Ramos. “I didn’t see the punch coming and he caught me a little bit off balance. As soon as I got up, I was good.”

“I was very surprised by the scorecards,” said Santana. “I thought I did enough to win. It was very competitive but I was landing more significant punches. I knew he was a warrior who would come back to fight after the knockdown. I don’t know what else to do at this point, but I’ll always keep my head held high.”

Abel Ramos Wins UD. Photo Lina Baker

Efe Ajagba is a BAD MAN

Efe Ajagba (9-0 8KO’s) destroyed veteran contender Amir Monsour (23-4-1 16KO’s) inside two rounds. Ajagba was clearly the larger and heavier punching fighter in there but Mansour is a durable fighter who can give anyone fits. Ajagba walked through any attempt of offense by Mansour dropping him twice in the first round and forcing him to quit on his stool at the end of the second.

“I want to be the best heavyweight in the world,” said Ajagba. “That’s my dream. I’m going to go home and work hard and prepare for the next fight.” 

Ajagba lands left hook Photo: Lina Baker

About Albert Baker

Writer/Producer/Director of the Under the Hand Wraps documentary series and owner of Albert Baker is currently based in Fresno, California and has been covering boxing since 2014.

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