Via Allan Fox: Errol Spence Jr believes he has all the advantages over Yordenis Ugas for their unification fight next month on April 16.
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) feels that Ugas will not be able to knock or beat him the way he did in his final bout against 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao in August 2021.
Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) was able to take advantage of Pacquiao’s poor defense to hit him repeatedly with his right hand around all night to win the decisive 12th round.
Spence says that Ugas won’t be able to land that right arm that circle against him like he did with Pacquiao, even though he is a southern player much like the Philippines star.
As for Ugas, he’ll have to come with something different if he wants to connect with hits on Spence as he’ll be ready for his right.
“I feel like I do everything better. Jab, forward, back, I’m basically sounding better than him and defending,” Errol Spence told Fighthype when asked what he does better than Yordenis Ugas. “Basically everything, but he’s still a good fighter.
“If he can take my punches, it will be a great fight,” continued Spence. “He might back off a bit, but for the most part, he’s right in the pocket and exchanging punches. I think that makes for a great fight.
“Most of the matches that he participates in are very interesting. I feel like he’s a manly guy. If he gets caught with a good shot, he’ll want to take that shot back,” Spence said.
Usually, Ugas comes forward wanting to put pressure on his opponent, and he doesn’t back down much. That could fall into Spence’s hands if Ugas decides to rush forward all night, as that would make it easier for him to land.
“I’m sure his coach will have a game plan and there will be things that he wants to do,” Spence said. “I feel like even if he’s not in the bag and out, I’ll still have the advantage because I can do that too.
“I wouldn’t just focus on one thing that he does because he can convert it or try to convert it in the fight. I think it comes down to the fundamentals at the start of the first fight.
“At the end of a match where you feel tired, do you drop your hands or do you feel tired and impatient and get caught by shots you shouldn’t be catching?
“I think it will be a mixture of everything. I think it’s a good shot; It’s a hit that a lot of international boxers have thrown,” said Spence of the right-hand loop Ugas hit Manny Pacquiao all night during their fight last year on Aug. 21.
“I don’t really care about that shot. He’s going to have to do more than that to land that shot,” Errol said of Yordenis’ main weapon. “I feel like Pacquiao always gets hit with those loops. So I don’t think that will affect me much.
“I’m used to fighting mainstream fighters and have been fighting them all my life. If I want to impose my shot, I practice doing that. As they say, ‘Practice makes perfect.’
“I feel that if you do it long enough in the gym, you get a better percentage of it. It’s something I practice regularly and I’ve made it and perfected it pretty well.
“I feel like if he had a little more in the tank he would give it his all as he did with Keith Thurman because I feel like Pacquiao is a guy that if he had a lot of things in the tank, he would be. will release it. and for all he has,” Spence said of Pacquiao’s loss to Ugas.
“I feel like he wants to, but he can’t. As you get older, your mind wants to do it, but your body can’t.
Spence said of Pacquiao, 42, saying: “I think he’s reached the point where there’s a lot of things he wants to do but can’t do.