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By Dong Secuya
Sat, 30 Sep 2023

Yordenis Ugas vs Mario Barrios is the second televised PPV fight on the packed undercard of the Canelo Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo Unified super middleweight championship tomorrow at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Ugas zoomed into prominence when defeated and retired the legendary Manny Pacquiao in August, 2021 but hit into a brick wall when he was stopped by then top pound for pound fighter Errol Spence in April of last year.

Barrios was 25 and 0, held the WBA super lightweight title and was one of the hottest junior welterweights when he faced Gervonta 'Tank' Davis in June 2021. As it turned out the power-punching Gervonta was too much for Barrios as he succumbed to a 11th round TKO. Barrios moved up to welterweight to face formidable Keith Thurman in February last year but lost by unanimous decision. He somehow regained his bearings by beating up and comer in Jovanie Santiago last February.

Barrios, 28, needs to beat Ugas to position himself into another world title fight again but Ugas, at 37, is a grizzled veteran who will not go out easily so this fight promises to be a thrilling encounter and a crossroad fight for both. Let's conduct a thorough fight analysis to understand the dynamics of this highly anticipated bout:

Fighter Profiles:

Yordenis Ugas
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Residence: Miami, Florida, USA
Record: 27-5-0, 12 KOs
Style: Yordenis Ugas is a technically sound fighter with a strong amateur pedigree. He's known for his crisp, accurate boxing, effective counter-punching, and solid defense. Ugas is a former Olympic bronze medalist and has been steadily climbing the ranks in the welterweight division.

Mario Barrios
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Record: 27-2-0, 18 KOs
Style: Mario Barrios is a young and explosive fighter known for his power and aggressive fighting style. He possesses a significant height and reach advantage over Ugas, and he's comfortable both on the inside and at a distance. Barrios has knocked out several opponents with his heavy hands and is eager to establish himself as a force in the welterweight division.

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1. WBC Interim World Welterweight Title: The fight carries the prestige of the WBC Interim World Welterweight Title. The winner will not only earn recognition but also position himself for a potential shot at the full world title. This adds extra motivation for both fighters to put on a stellar performance.

2. Contrasting Styles: The matchup features a classic clash of styles. Ugas is a technically refined boxer with an emphasis on precision and defense, while Barrios relies on his youthful vigor, power punches, and aggressive approach. The outcome may hinge on whether Ugas can outmaneuver Barrios with his skill and ring IQ or if Barrios can land his power punches effectively.

3. Height and Reach Advantage: Barrios boasts a considerable height and reach advantage over Ugas. This could be a key factor in the fight. If Barrios can use his reach to control the distance and keep Ugas at the end of his punches, it may be challenging for Ugas to find his rhythm. Conversely, Ugas may look to close the gap and nullify Barrios' reach advantage with inside fighting and counter-punching.

4. Experience vs. Youth: Ugas has faced some top-tier opponents and has honed his skills over the years. Barrios, while talented, may lack the experience against elite welterweight competition. Ugas' experience could play a pivotal role, especially in the later rounds, where knowledge of how to manage the fight's ebb and flow can be crucial.

5. Power vs. Precision: Barrios is known for his knockout power, having dispatched numerous opponents with his heavy hands. Ugas, on the other hand, relies on precision and technique to outpoint his opponents. The contest could be determined by whether Barrios can land a fight-changing power shot or if Ugas can accumulate points through consistent and accurate punching.

6. Conditioning and Stamina: Both fighters will need to be in peak physical condition to go the distance or maintain a high work rate if the fight becomes a grueling battle. Stamina could be a critical factor, especially if the fight enters the championship rounds.


The outcome of this fight is highly intriguing, given the contrasting styles and attributes of the fighters. Ugas brings a wealth of experience, technical skill, and ring intelligence to the table, while Barrios is the younger, power-punching force with physical advantages.

If Barrios can establish his range and find his power shots early, he may have the upper hand. However, if Ugas can weather the early storm, use his technical prowess to outmaneuver Barrios, and avoid the big punches, he could secure a decision victory.

Ultimately, this fight has all the makings of a compelling battle between youth and experience, power and precision. It's a contest that will keep fans on the edge of their seats, and the winner will undoubtedly move one step closer to a world title opportunity.

Ugas by a split decision.

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