Tony Bellew calls Errol Spence Jr 'a modern day' Marvin Hagler ahead of Yordenis Ugas fight

  • Tom Ward

Tony Bellew has compared Errol Spence Jr to boxing legend Marvin Hagler because he ‘does the basics so well’.

Spence Jr, 32, is set to fight Yordenis Ugas in front of 80,000 fans in Texas, nine months after undergoing surgery to repair a damaged retina.

The American will attempt to unify the IBF and WBC welterweight titles with Ugas’ WBA strap when they face off on April 16.

Spence, who is originally from New York, has spent the majority of his life living in Dallas, where he has raised his son and two daughters.

And the 32-year-old will now return to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the first time since beating Danny Garcia there back in December 2020.

Since recovering from surgery, Spence has kept himself in great shape with the help of celebrated trainer Derrick James.

Showtime’s Boxing account shared a clip showing him looking sharp on the mitts, which Bellew liked and quote-tweeted.

He wrote: “A brilliant fighter! Does the basics so well! The modern day Hagler! I hope the accident hasn’t affected him.”

Errol Spence Jr will face Yordenis Ugas in a welterweight unification clash
Errol Spence Jr will face Yordenis Ugas in a welterweight unification clash

The AT&T Stadium, which is the home of NFL stars Dallas Cowboys, boasts an 80,000-seat capacity.

Spence also revealed he always knew he would end up fighting the Cuban after he watched him beat Manny Pacquiao last year.

He said: “I watched the Ugas vs. Manny Pacquiao fight live but I haven’t watched it since then.

“I thought the way that fight went was more because of Pacquiao being a shell of himself.

“I’ve been looking forward to this fight since I had to drop out of the Pacquiao bout.

Errol Spence Jr celebrates after beating Danny Garcia
Errol Spence Jr celebrates after beating Danny Garcia

“I knew I would be fighting the winner, and now I’ve got Ugas in front of me.

“He’s a tough champion who’s been through a lot in his life.

“I can’t sit back and fight a tune-up fight right now. I want to go straight in with the sharks. Ugas is going to push me to another level and that’s what I want.

“I knew that if I was fighting a tune-up I could sneak snacks in at night and stuff like that.

“I’m fighting someone on my level.

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“Ugas is living the ‘American Dream’ and he wants to keep living the ‘American Dream’.

“His challenge is beating me and I want his belt.

“Those Mexican fans are a huge part of Texas and I love fighting in front of them.

“I’m planning on giving them the kind of amazing fight they love.”

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