Errol Spence Jr. is an undefeated professional boxer and the current World Welterweight Champion, reigning since defeating Manny Pacquiao in 2017. But it appears that he won’t have a chance to defend his title as of yet due to the fact that he may not be able to make weight for fights at welterweights…
Errol Spence Jr. did his part, will we finally get Spence. Errol won the IBF welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Lamont Peterson on Saturday night in Washington D.C., but it was not enough to get him into the ring with undefeated champion Terence Crawford.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Errol Spence Jr. looked impressive in a 10th-round TKO victory over Yordenis Ugas to unify three of the four major welterweight world titles at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. Terence Crawford has the other and a fight between Spence and Crawford has been marinating for too long. Spence said after the win that he wants the fight. Crawford has said he wants the fight. Boxing fans want the fight. Is this the right time?
In the co-main event, lightweight contender Isaac Cruz dominated a fading Yuriorkis Gamboa in a fifth-round TKO win, sending a strong message to the rest of the division. Can he, however, defeat the division’s elite players?
On Saturday, there were two more welterweight fights. Conor Benn beat Chris Van Heerden is a Dutch writer. in a second-round KO win, while Eimantas Stanionis, who was Ugas’ mandatory challenger but stepped aside to enable the unification fight against Spence, defeated Radzhab Butaev by decision. Are Stanionis and Benn, on the other hand, ready for the big leagues? Is it possible for them to battle it out before taking the next major step?
Mike Coppinger, Ben Baby, and Nick Parkinson discuss and offer their perspectives on these themes.
It’s now or never for Spence vs. Crawford.
Ugas was unquestionably a worthy champion who posed a threat from afar. Spence, on the other hand, suffocated him and struck Ugas in the eye, leading the ring doctor to call a halt to the fight in the tenth round.
Spence, in a manner, retaliated for Crawford’s great performance against Shawn Porter. Crawford made a solid argument for himself as the division’s best fighter on that night in November.
Of course, throughout Spence’s and Crawford’s separate tenure in the division, this has been a point of contention for years. Crawford declared his intention to terminate the argument after Spence’s triumph.
In a Tweet, Crawford stated, “Now the real struggle begins.” “No more dialogue, no more side of the street,” says the narrator.
Crawford mentioned any promotional barriers to a hypothetical Spence confrontation that no longer exist now that Crawford has left Top Rank.
Spence seemed to be just as ready for this bout to take place. And by defeating Ugas in such a convincing manner, Spence demonstrated that the Crawford fight isn’t over yet. – Ben Little
Ugas is still a solid fighter with a lot of possibilities at welterweight.
By the time the bout was called off, Yordenis Ugas’ right eye was almost closed. Getty Images/Cooper Neill
Yordenis Ugas wasn’t intended to be here in the first place.
In 2014, the Cuban retired after losing two decisions to opponents well below the championship level.
He returned two years later, but this time he was an entirely different boxer. When he faced Shawn Porter in 2019, he went on a tear and seemed to win his first championship, but Ugas was defeated by a disputed decision. Even in loss, Ugas demonstrated that he belonged at the top.
Despite the 10th-round stoppage, Ugas demonstrated he’s one of the finest welterweights in the world versus Spence. After a sequence of shots wobbled Spence, who wasn’t guarding himself after losing his mouthpiece in Round 6, he was in severe danger.
Ugas battled hard with his right eye totally swollen shut for the first half of the fight until Spence seized control for good in Round 7. With an upset victory in August, Ugas forced Manny Pacquaio to retire, and now he must claw his way back into championship contention.
It’s unknown how severe his eye damage is; he was sent to a nearby hospital for evaluation later. When Ugas reappears, a battle with Eimantas Stanionis seems logical. On the undercard, the Lithuanian picked up his greatest victory of his career in a bout against Radzhab Butaev, and he’s now in line for his own championship chance.
The WBA had ordered Stanionis to fight Ugas, but he stood aside to let Spence’s match to go on. If Spence-Crawford happens next, a bout between Ugas and Stanionis would be ideal for determining who is next in line for a championship shot.
Apart from Stanionis, a battle between Ugas and Keith Thurman, two former champions who look to be well matched, would be intriguing. There are also up-and-comers like Jaron “Boots” Ennis, Conor Benn, and Vergil Ortiz Jr.
Whatever happens next, Ugas is unlikely to face one of these top-10 welterweights anytime soon. A lengthy recuperation looks to be in store after another arduous bout and what might be a devastating eye injury. Mike Coppinger is a writer.
Stanionis wins, demonstrating that he is ready for a championship chance.
Eimantas Stanionis, left, won the WBA “regular” welterweight championship via a split decision against Radzhab Butaev. Showtime/Amanda Westcott
With a split-decision victory over Butaev in his first serious test, Stanionis solidified his place as one of the top welterweights in the world.
Butaev (14-1, 11 KOs) came into the bout as ESPN’s No. 9 147-pound contender after a stoppage win over Jamal James. Butaev had to defend himself against a vastly superior opponent in Stanionis.
Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs) is a large welterweight who is powerful on the inside and, perhaps most impressively, is an aggressive and defensively prudent fighter. Butaev’s head was a moving target behind a tight guard even as Stanionis pounded on him in the clinch.
Stats on Punching
|Total number of landings||140||222|
|Total number of throws||747||601|
|Jabs had landed.||21||80|
|Jabs have been thrown.||341||264|
|The power has arrived.||119||142|
|Throwing of force||406||337|
|CompuBox provided this image.|
Stanionis nevertheless took a lot of punishment (140 blows) and came out with both eyes injured. But he dodged most of Butaev’s blows, with the Russian connecting on just 19% of his efforts.
Stanionis was scheduled to face Ugas for the WBA championship, but he stood aside to enable the unification with Spence to take place.
There’s no urgency for a 27-year-old middleweight who is ranked No. 7 on ESPN. If Spence meets Crawford later this year to unify all four major welterweight championships, Stanionis may be forced to stand aside in favor of another challenging battle.
Stanionis, on the other hand, looks to be ready to compete with the division’s top right now, even though he would be a clear underdog against Spence or Crawford.
Stanionis, along with Ennis, Ortiz Jr., and Benn, must be considered among the top welterweights under 30 years old. Unlike the so-called Four Kings at 135 pounds, these four fighters should be able to fight each other (Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis). Mike Coppinger is a writer.
Is Conor Benn ready to fight the best welterweights in the world?
Conor Benn, left, kept his undefeated record intact with a second-round KO win against Chris Van Heerden is a Dutch writer. at the AO Arena in Manchester, England, on Saturday night. PA Images/Zac Goodwin via Getty Images
Benn wants to be the greatest at 147 pounds, but a summer clash with one of the division’s previous bright lights — Adrien Broner or Kell Brook — seems more plausible. If that fails, a fight with David Avanesyan may be a decent step forward.
Stats on Punching
|Punches||Benn||Van Heerden is a Dutch writer.|
|Total number of landings||22||12|
|Total number of throws||51||45|
|Jabs had landed.||2||2|
|Jabs have been thrown.||7||15|
|The power has arrived.||20||10|
|Throwing of force||44||30|
|CompuBox provided this image.|
Essex, England-based Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) rushed to another impressive stoppage win on Saturday, when he demolished Chris Van Heerden is a Dutch writer. (28-3-1, 12 KOs) from Johannesburg, South Africa, in two rounds. That win over Van Heerden is a Dutch writer., 34, followed a four-round wipeout of former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri in December.
Despite his recent success, Benn, 25, hasn’t done enough to show he’s ready to fight against the best in boxing’s most dangerous division. Spence Jr., Ugas, and Crawford are champions, while Ortiz Jr. and Ennis are top contenders. However, his promoter, Eddie Hearn, claims that a major test is still in store for him this summer.
Brook (40-4, 27 KOs), the former IBF world welterweight champion who lost a heartbreaking sixth-round decision to Amir Khan (34-6, 21 KOs) in February, is seeking £10 million to share a ring with Benn, and may have priced himself out. Brook, who is from Sheffield, England, would make a fight with Benn one of the most important non-heavyweight fights in the UK this year, but it is still not worth Brook’s asking price.
Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs), 32, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a possible opponent for Hearn. Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs), a Russian boxer who has won his last six bouts by knockout after losing a decision to Lamont Peterson for the WBA world championship in 2017.
“It won’t be Amir Khan; he won’t be here till the end of the year,” Hearn said after the fight. “But it’s time for a major test, and I’m talking about Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, and David Avanesyan.” “Kell Brook is the ideal opponent for determining the finest welterweight in the United Kingdom. Kell Brook asked for £10 million, which tells me he doesn’t want to fight, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the coming weeks.”
Hearn is especially enthralled with Broner’s bout in England. Broner hasn’t competed since February 2021 and hasn’t held a welterweight championship since 2013. A win against Broner, on the other hand, would assist to expose Benn to American audiences.
It’s also a bout that Benn has a chance to win. While Benn has remained active and in good shape, Broner has fought five times in as many years, winning two, losing two (to Manny Pacquiao and Mikey Garcia), and drawing with Jesse Vargas.
“I’d love for all of them to be there,” Benn added, “but the Brook fight is the one I want because I always want to fight the winner.” “I have no interest in fighting someone who has just gone through a one-sided pounding [against Brook], and Khan has.”
“I owe Kell a debt of gratitude. He seemed to be smart, attentive, and reminiscent of Kell Brook from the past. So that’s what I’m looking for. I think I’ll knock him out in the first six rounds. Khan is invited to come and enjoy it with me; both of them demonstrate that greed is a bad thing.” Nick Parkinson’s quote
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