UPDATE: Spence gets the 10th round TKO after the fight was stopped due to Ugas’ right eye swelling shut.
The welterweight division is on display Saturday evening in Texas at the Dallas Cowboys stadium. Errol Spencer, Jr. puts his IBF and WBC titles on the line against WBA Super champ Yordenis Ugás. The winner will be in a position to potentially fight WBO champ Terence Crawford for complete unification of the division.
Spence is a sizable favorite with -600 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, and total rounds is set at 10.5 with the over priced at -310 and under priced at +245. Spence winning by decision or technical decision is the favored outcome at -155, followed by Spence via KO, TKO, or DQ at +225. A decision or technical decision for Ugás is installed at +600 and a KO, TKO, or DQ by the underdog sits at +1200. A draw is +1800.
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the bout, with round-by-round scoring. The main card gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime PPV and main event ring walks are expected in the middle of the 11 p.m. hour. The fight time will depend in part on the length of the undercard.
Errol Spence, Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas round-by-round results
Round 1: Spence 10-9
Spence started the fight looking to prove that he doesn’t have any rust to shake off. He sent a flurry of jabs out without any big hits. Ugas was methodical as each fighter was feeling out the other. It remains to be seen how much power Spence has coming out of his hiatus from boxing. Close first round, but the body shots Spence was able to sneak in swing the round in his favor.
Round 2: Ugas 10-9, 19-19
Spence has been throwing a flurry of punches with a lower success rate while Ugas is picking his spots to strike and connecting more often. Spence seems intent on keeping the fight in close proximity. Ugas hit a few big hooks that seemed to graze Spence, but they were high-impact attempts.
Round 3: Ugas 10-9, 29-28
One thing early on is that when the boxers tie-up, they are escaping and figuring it out without referee separation. Punches started flying early in this round from both boxers. Spence remains on the offensive with Ugas being more strategic, but Spence lands more punches this round. Ugas got a warning for pushing Spence’s head down, but also was able to catch him with a big hook. Ugas’ spree of hooks in the end gets him the round.
Round 4: Spence 10-9, 38-38
Ugas seems a little antsier in his approach while Spence continues to pepper the body shots. Spence’s jabs are starting to set up his hooks and he’s starting to land some heavier shots. This has been a close fight so far, but Spence clearly had the upper hand in this round.
Round 5: Spence 10-9, 48-47
Spence continues to throw more punches while Ugas continues to be methodical. Ugas is still landing shots, but the end of the round Spence was much more active and landed a number of blows to win this round.
Round 6: Ugas 10-9, 57-57
Ugas started connecting on a lot of shots and knocked Spence’s mouthpiece out. Spence looked rocked. but the ref stopped the fight to get the mouthpiece back to Spence. Ugas wasn’t happy with the stoppage that allowed Spence to rest. Spence started coming back by the end of the round.
Round 7: Spence 10-9, 67-66
Spence starts the round connecting on rights and upper cuts that rock Ugas. Spence feels the shift in the fight and starts swinging haymakers looking for a knockout or knock down and gets neither. This one was all Spence up until the bell. Easy round that clearly goes his way. Only knock is Spence is starting to look a little winded.
Round 8: Spence 10-9, 77-75
Between rounds, Ugas had his eye checked as it was starting to swell. Ugas’ right eye is really swelling as Spence had an unintentional low blow. The ref halts the action with :53 seconds left in the round forcing Ugas to get his swollen right eye checked out by the doctor. He tells the ref Ugas can continue. Spence continues landing strikes with Ugas throwing one punch for about 15 of Spence’s.
Round 9: Spence 10-9, 87-84
Ugas is clearly not moving that well at this point. He spent most of the round in the middle of the round, but now isn’t rotating well and finds himself against the ropes and in the corner. Ugas is extremely defensive. Spence still landing way more punches than Ugas.
Round 10: Spence TKO-10
Every time that Ugas gets a combo going, Spence lands a forceful upper cut that clearly shakes Ugas. He is on his heels. The ref stops the fight YET AGAIN and has the doctor check Ugas’ eye. The doctor advises the ref to stop the fight because Ugas can’t see out of his right eye. Fight over.