In front of what could well be a capacity crowd at the AT&T Stadium on April 16, Errol Spence Jr will attempt to overcome a stiff challenge in the form of Yordenis Ugas. The Olympic gold medal winner was able to defeat Manny Pacquiao last August in what proved to be the final professional bout for ‘Pac-Man’ before riding off into the retirement sunset.
That contest was initially supposed to be Spence vs Pacquiao, up until the former suffered a retinal tear to the left eye.
Now, with the WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight titles on the line, Spence Jr has the chance to extend his record in the sport to 28-0.
In a recent interview, the favourite wasn’t afraid to give his honest opinion of both Ugas and Pacquiao as the countdown to fight night continues.
“This is going to be a great fight. Ugas always come to compete. With all respect to Pacquiao, I’m a far different fighter than Pacquiao, and at this point, I’m a better fighter,” Spence told Showtime.
“You keep bringing up Pacquiao, but that’s like Larry Holmes fighting [Muhammad] Ali [mismatch] or Terry Norris beating up Sugar Ray Leonard. Or [Marcos] Maidana beating up Erik Morales.
“Pacquiao is way past his prime. It was the passing of the torch to myself, but I missed the opportunity, so I’m just going to put on a great performance.
“Ugas is a real warrior, but I’m hungry too. I’m not letting this opportunity pass by me.
“I’m going to put on a great performance for my crowd.”
Is Terence Crawford next?
Everyone wants to see a unified welterweight champion and with Terence Crawford currently being in possession of the WBO belt, we’d imagine he’ll be keeping a close eye on proceedings when the bell rings in Texas.
Ugas has the heart of a lion but boxing fans across the globe have been waiting for a long time to see Crawford vs Spence Jr – and 2022 may be the year it finally goes down.