In a WBC welterweight title eliminator, Yordenis Ugás (24-4, 11 KOs) schooled previously undefeated former world champion Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (28-1-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Scores were 119-107 across the board.
A right uppercut by Ugas got things started, finding its mark and moments later Ugas followed up with a right hand, knocking down Figueroa as his glove touch the rope while staggering. Referee Russell Mora officially ruled it a knockdown. Ugas was warned for holding in round two as Figueroa stood close to him fighting on the inside. Continuing to hold, Ugas was deducted a point in the fifth but pressed and stood close to Figueroa.
The Cuban’s long reach and size made it complicated for Figueroa’s inside style as Figueroa could not get going. Ugas used flurries late in the rounds to wear down Figueroa, tagging him flush in the process. Late in the fight in the championship rounds, Figueroa sensed the urgency as he attempted to get going but Ugas made things complicated cruising his way to a unanimous decision.
With the win, Ugas hands Figueroa his first defeat and becomes the mandatory WBC challenger.