Errol Spence finally cleared the air Tuesday morning by confirming his next title defense will be April 14 against Yordenis Ugas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Spence made the announcement via his Twitter and Instagram accounts and will be looking to unify his IBF/WBC titles with Ugas’ WBA title. A Texas native, this will be Spence’s third fight at AT&T Stadium, having last soundly defeated Danny Garcia there in December 2020. Ugas will come in off his biggest victory to date in retiring legend Manny Pacquiao via a decisive unanimous decision last August.
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You have to commend Spence for getting right to a unification despite this being his first fight in 14 months and coming off a right eye retina injury.
Spence is rightly the favorite but the tactics of this fight are intriguing. We know Ugas does his best work keeping foes on the end of his long jabs and punishing them with combinations when they attempt to get inside (see his fights against Pacquiao and Shawn Porter). But against Spence, Ugas will be at a reach disadvantage (72″ to 69″) and his jab in theory won’t be as effective against Spence’s southpaw stance. Can Ugas consistently make Spence pay enough with the right hand to make him hesitant about staying inside working the body?
Luckily, we only have a little over two months to find out.