ARLINGTON, Texas – Errol Spence Jr. and Yordenis Ugas comfortably made weight Friday morning for their welterweight title unification fight Saturday night.
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs), of nearby DeSoto, Texas, stepped on the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation’s scale at 146¼ pounds for their 12-round, 147-pound championship match at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cuban-born Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs), who resides in Miami, officially weighed 146¾ pounds for this Showtime Pay-Per-View main event ($74.95).
Caesars Sportsbook lists Spence as a 6-1 favorite to win their fight for Spence’s IBF and WBC championships and Ugas’ WBA “super” title.
Spence, 32, will fight for the first time since a torn left retina required surgery in mid-August and forced him to withdraw from an August 21 showdown with Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao. Ugas, 35, replaced Spence on 11 days’ notice and upset Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight for Pacquiao’s WBA “super” 147-pound crown.
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Isaac Cruz (22-2-1, 15 KOs), Mexico City, 136½ pounds vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-4, 18 KOs), Guantanamo, Cuba, 134¼ pounds, 10 rounds, lightweights.
[NOTE: Cruz was given one hour to come back to the scale at the contracted weight of 135 pounds or less. Otherwise, he’ll risk a fine and/or he’ll have to pay a portion of his purse to Gamboa.]
Jose Valenzuela (11-0, 7 KOs), Los Mochis, Mexico, 134¾ pounds vs. Francisco Vargas (27-3-2, 19 KOs), Mexico City, 134½ pounds, 10 rounds, lightweights.
Cody Crowley (20-0, 9 KOs), Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 144½ pounds vs. Josesito Lopez (38-8, 21 KOs), Riverside, California, 146½ pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.
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Radzhab Butaev (14-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC), Khasavyurt, Russia, 146½ pounds vs. Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs), Staunas, Lithuania, 146½ pounds, 12 rounds for Butaev’s WBA world welterweight title.
Brandun Lee (24-0, 22 KOs), La Quinta, California, 142½ pounds vs. Zachary Ochoa (21-2, 7 KOs), Brooklyn, 141¼ pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.