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Welterweight champions Errol Spence and Yordenis Ugas will put their respective titles on the line on April 16 at Cowboys (AT&T) Stadium in Arlington, TX.

Spence owns the WBC and IBF versions of the title while Ugas is in possession of the WBA belt.

No, it's not the showdown fans would prefer. Most of us want to see Spence face his WBO peer, Terence Crawford, in what would arguably be the hottest match-up in the sport. Perhaps that'll be next if Errol conquers Ugas?

What makes this fight hugely relevant is Ugas' status as a champion - And because he dethroned fight legend Manny Pacquiao last year to win that distinction.

Of note, the winner of Spence vs Ugas will own 3 of the 4 major titles.

Spence vs Ugas odds
To no surprise, oddsmakers are backing Spence. As of March 20, bookies have Errol as a reasonably strong favorite

Bookie: Spence/Ugas/Draw

Draft Kings:         -425 / +320 / n/a
Fan Duel:            -350 /+270 /+2000
Unibet:                -420 /+320 /-1600
Bet Rivers:          -420 /+320 /-1600

If you bet via Unibet or Bet Rivers, a successful $100 wager on Spence would net $23.63 while the same successful bet on the underdog would garner $320.

"...Bettors are backing the underdog," said Oddscheckers' Kyle Newman. "[From January 18 to February 18] 58.8% of bets have been placed on Ugas to win the fight. Just 29.4% of bets have been placed on Spence. A large 11.8% of bets have been placed on the two fighting to a draw, something neither has done in their career."
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Spence vs Ugas
WBC/IBF/WBA Welterweight Titles
April 16
Showtime PPV
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
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Do bettors see a vulnerability in Spence?

Keep in mind, prior to Josh Taylor's title defense against Jack Catterall earlier this year, Newman reported bettors had shifted gears as increased money came in for the underdog Catterall in the weeks leading up to the fight. Taylor, a pound-for-pound star, survived a knockdown to win a tight points verdict in a bout some believed could have been awarded to either fighter. 

Skills, Power, and Speed
Spence would seem to have the edge in skills, punching power, and speed. He boasts a far superior knockouts-to-fights ratio, is evidently quicker, is undefeated, and has been in the ring with more accomplished opposition. Spence also appears to be more physically gifted and more active in the ring. 

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Spence vs Ugas Tale of the Tape

Spence vs Danny Garcia Highlights  (3 min)
Spence vs Mikey Garcia Highlights (4 1/2 min)
Spence vs Algieri Highlights (1 min)
Spence vs Poter Highlights (3 1/2 min)
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Ugas vs Pacquiao (18 min)
Ugas vs Figueroa Highlights (5 min)
Ugas vs Porter Highlights (8 min)
Ugas Best Highlights (8 min)

Intangibles
An all-out boxing match would seemingly favor Spence as well as a brawl. And that's a big part of the reason why Spence is the favorite. However, Ugas is a former Olympic bronze medalist who is coming off a victory over fight legend Manny Pacquiao. He's arguably determined and focused and arguably hungrier, and may have the experience, pedigree, and timing to offset Spence's physical advantages and disrupt the WBC/IBF's champion's rhythm.

Spence vs Ugas Stats and Facts

WBC/WBA/IBF: The winner of Spence vs Ugas will own 3 of the 4 major titles.

Legit champ: Spence has held the IBF title since May 2017, when he traveled to England to dethrone Kell Brook via eleventh round stoppage. Five successful defenses have followed, including a twelve-round win over Shawn Porter to claim the WBC title in their thrilling September 2019 title unification bout.

Lefty alert: Spence is a southpaw

Reach: Despite being roughly the same height, Spence will have a 3-inch reach advantage

Olympians: Both fighters are former Olympians; Ugas was a bronze medalist in 2008 representing Cuba while Spence participated on the American team in 2012.

Ugas record 27-4; 12 KO: Yordenis has defeated previously undefeated fighters Jamal James, Omar Figueroa Jr., and Bryant Perrella as well as veteran contenders Thomas Dulorme and Ray Robinson. He dropped a narrow decision tilt to Shawn Porter in 2017.

Spence's record 27-0, 21 KO: Errol has KO'd former titleholders Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson while scoring points wins over Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Danny Garcia, also former world champions.

Home cooking: Because Spence will be the A-side fighter and fighting at home, expect him to be rewarded the difficult-to-call rounds.

 

 

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