Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas
Final Press Conference
Unified WBC and IBF champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.
and WBA champion Yordenis Ugás faced off at a final press
conference on Thursday, two days before they meet in a
welterweight title unification clash live on SHOWTIME PPV at
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT this Saturday, April 16 from AT&T
Stadium in Arlington, Texas headlining a Premier Boxing
A confident Spence declared AT&T Stadium “my house” come
Saturday and even predicted that if the fight is waged in
close quarters, it likely won’t go the distance. Meanwhile,
Ugás said he will lean on the resolve that has allowed him
to overcome all manner of adversity in his life to power
past Spence in the ring.
Just the 12th unification fight in the rich history of the
welterweight division, Spence vs. Ugás will join other
classic unification matchups at the weight class such as
“Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I and Floyd Mayweather
vs. Manny Pacquiao.
Spence will look to add a third welterweight championship
belt to his resume when he returns to fight at AT&T Stadium
in front of his hometown fans for the third time. Ugás
enters this matchup off of a career-best victory last
August, as he retained his WBA title by stepping in for an
injured Spence to defeat boxing legend Manny Pacquiao by
Prior to fight night, PBC fighters previewed Spence vs. Ugás
in a video HERE, via the SHOWTIME Boxing Twitter. Here is
what the press conference participants had to say Thursday
from Main Club North at AT&T Stadium:
ERROL SPENCE JR.
“It’s going to be action-packed on Saturday night. I’m
looking to put on a great show and a great performance in
front of my hometown fans. I know Ugás is coming to fight. I
know his coach has a great game plan, but come Saturday
night, I’m putting on a great show and another great
performance. I’m looking forward to adding the WBA belt to
my titles so I have three belts. That means there’s just one
more to go.
“When people say I can’t do this or I can’t do that, I prove
them wrong every time. I am the same guy I was before the
accident and the injury. I feel like I’m better than that
guy that fought Shawn Porter or Danny García.
“This fight might not go the distance. Ugás is a tough
fighter. He’s a guy that embraces the fight and wanting to
go toe-to-toe. If he has to, he’ll do anything to win. I’m
that type of guy. I’m the type of guy that if I have to go
toe-to-toe, I will. If I have to stay there and fight, I
will. If we get in the clinch and start fighting, I don’t
think it’s going 12 rounds.
“Everybody knows my motivation. I fight for my family, my
friends, my city, the whole state of Texas. I want to be the
three-belt unified champion of the world and I want to
become the future undisputed welterweight champion of the
world. The first ever to do it.
“This is my house. This is my hometown. I love the Dallas
Cowboys to death. I love AT&T Stadium and I appreciate them
giving me the hospitality and making this my home. Come
Saturday night, I’m going to win another championship in the
home of the Cowboys.”
“I’m so excited for this fight. I have nothing but respect
for Spence. He’s a great fighter and this is not only going
to be a clash between us, but also between two of the
greatest trainers in the world, so you’re not going to want
to miss that either.
“Spence promises a knockout. I promise a win. Don’t miss it!
“I have a wise trainer. Somebody that has seen more boxing
than most. But we have different opinions and I think that
Spence is going to be one hundred percent. I prepared for
the best Spence possible. That’s been my mindset throughout.
“People know my story by now. I came back from being 15-3
back in 2016 and ever since then, I have established myself
as part of the elite in this division. If he’s the big fish,
I belong in that same tank because I’m willing to swim with
the big fishes whenever, wherever. I have been willing to do
whatever it takes to get to where I am right now.
“I promise you blood, sweat, and everything that I have to
give for my country and for my fans. For everyone watching
the pay-per-view, we’re going to put on a great show and
you’re going to see the same Ugás that put his heart and
soul into this sport that means so much to me.
“I’m a warrior. I’m a competitor. I’ve been facing adversity
ever since I was six or seven years old. I’ve been fighting
ever since I was a little kid. This is nothing new to me.
It’s going to be a great night for me but no different than
any other fight that I’ve had throughout my boxing career.”
DERRICK JAMES, Spence’s Trainer
“Ugás’ trainer is looking for the same things I’m looking
for on film. Salas is smart. He’s supposed to look for
patterns and see what kind of shots the opponents’ throw.
That’s what trainers are supposed to do. I’ll watch some of
his fights; I watch enough. Just to pick up on tendencies
and shots he throws and how he throws his punches so I can
mimic them. And I’ll let Errol know that this is coming, or
that is coming.
“Ugás’ biggest threat coming into this fight is what you
can’t see. It’s his heart and his fortitude. It’s his desire
to want to be great.
“We can go up to whatever weight he wants to go. We spar
heavyweights on a consistent basis. Errol’s very physical as
a fighter and he can fight up to 160, and maybe even higher.
I’m not saying that’s what we’re going to do. He’d probably
be comfortable with that because we are comfortable with
being in there with bigger guys all the time.”
ISMAEL SALAS, Ugás’ Trainer
“This camp has been outstanding. We have been able to
prepare in the best way for what is going to be a huge
fight, and the biggest fight in the 147-pound division right
now. We feel that the preparation that we have had, with no
real adversity whatsoever, has been really great.
“Ugás is one hundred percent ready for this fight. Mentally
we are very strong and we are prepared for any style. Every
fighter has a different style and styles make fights. We are
comfortable fighting a southpaw. Ugás showed and proved that
he can already beat a southpaw in Manny Pacquiao.
“Spence is a warrior. We have two front-footed guys, but the
one difference is that Ugás is more of a counter-puncher.
Spence is physically amazing, and he’s strong mentally. But
he’s never shown that he can move like Ugás.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President of SHOWTIME SPORTS®
“The welterweight division has long been one of boxing’s
most glamorous, most interesting and most popular divisions.
A place where fighters like Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray
Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather have ruled.
This Saturday represents a significant step for figuring out
who is the best 147-pound fighter in the sport today.
“Three world titles are at stake and a three-title
unification fits perfectly into what SHOWTIME is doing in
2022. That’s putting the best against the best in the most
competitive matchups. This past weekend, we had a thrilling
Fight of the Year contender with Sebastián Fundora and
Erickson Lubin that people are still talking about. That’s
what happens when you put two elite fighters in the ring
against each other. You get that kind of action and that
kind of competition. That’s exactly what we’re going to see
on Saturday night.
“One of the disadvantages of having such a great main event
is sometimes people overlook the undercard. In the
co-feature, we have a really exciting young fighter in Isaac
Cruz coming off giving ‘Tank’ Davis the toughest fight of
his career. He is establishing himself as a force to be
“We’re here for Spence and Ugás. Two former Olympians. Two
of the best in the division. Two outstanding family men. Two
guys who are a credit to their sport. You’ve seen them on
ALL ACCESS. We thank both of them and their camps for
letting us in and allowing us to portray who they are
outside the ring. We couldn’t be prouder to be associated
with this event. Two fine young men. Two great sportsmen.
Two elite boxers. One iconic venue with three world titles
at stake. It’s an event not to be missed.”