Errol Spence Jr. battles Yordenis Ugas at AT&T Stadium in April

by Jim Calva: IBF/WBC Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. will meet 147-pound WBA Champion Yordenis Ogas in April at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Spence-Ugas will be a three-belt league with the IBF, WBA and WBO147-pound titles to seize.

According to DallasNews, the fight is “tentatively scheduled” at AT&T Stadium in Texas, and the date “has yet to be decided.

Spence, who will turn 32 in March, will be discontinuing eye surgery due to a retinal tear, and has not fought since his victory over Danny Garcia in December 2020.

It will be interesting to see if Spence makes it through training camp without suffering a setback in his surgically repaired right eye.

With an injury like that, Spence could hit her again while camping.

Fighters with a retinal tear are sometimes unable to resume their careers. If Spence sustains another injury to the same eye, he will need to make a big decision about whether to continue his career.

By the time Spence of Texans gets into the ring against Ojas in April, he’ll have been out of the ring for a year and a half and will likely have a lot of ring rust.

Spence looked less impressive in his battle with Garcia in 2020, so we may not see a better version of Spence against Ogas unless he trains hard.

It appears that managing Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) and Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) will take their time before eventually announcing the fight weeks before it happens.

We saw it with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015. Negotiations continued until weeks before the fight.

Surprisingly, the fight still breaks pay-per-view records due to the massive interest, but it would probably be much better if it were announced two to three months earlier like the regular competitions.

While the Spence vs Ogas match is an excellent unification match, it’s not big enough for organizers to wait until the final weeks before the fight in April before revealing the date. If they did, the PPV numbers wouldn’t be as huge as they wanted.

Errol Spence Jr. will fight Jordenis Ogas in the unification title fight at AT&T Stadium in April. The Dallas News said DeSoto’s Errol Spence will fight Jordenis Ogas in April in a tentatively scheduled welterweight unification match at AT&T Stadium, according to multiple sources.

“A specific date in April has not yet been determined.”

Until the 35-year-old Yogas’ unanimous decision in the 12th round brought about by a surprise victory over Manny Pacquiao last August, the Cuban fighter was not well known to boxing fans.

Furthermore, although Ojas defeated 42-year-old Pacquiao, who was exiting his two-year-old post to send him into retirement, he still isn’t a household name with casual boxing fans in America.

Before he fought Ogas Pacquiao, his other notable fights were against Sean Porter, Abel Ramos, Omar Figueroa, Ray Robinson, Thomas Dolorem, Jamal James and Bryant Perilla. Of those fights, only Porter’s match attracted any and not much interest.

You could argue that the fighting was on the level of interest in Porter’s fights with Sebastian Formula and Adrian Granada.

In other words, boxing fans weren’t very interested in the Porter vs. Ogas match, which made it easier for them not to make a fuss later after Shawn received a controversial 12-round decision on the Cuban fighter.

The winner will hold three belts and be in a strong position to face WBO welterweight champion Terrence Crawford for the undisputed championship later in the year if that is their wish.

As you’d expect, Crawford (39-0, 28 KOs) will be on the positive side to negotiate a decent split, but that could make it impossible to start a fight.

Also, it would be dangerous to launch a fight with Crawford, given his financial demands and previous record in PPV fights against Sean Porter, Amir Khan and Victor Postol.

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