Former world champions Yordenis Ugas and Mario “El Azteca” Barrios showed off their skills and previewed their upcoming showdown for the Interim WBC Welterweight Title during a media workout in Las Vegas Tuesday before they met on the Canelo vs. Charlo SHOWTIME PPV undercard on Saturday, September 30 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo Promotions will present the Premier Boxing Champions pay-per-view.
Ugas and Barrios will look to reclaim championship gold in a matchup that will see the former WBA Welterweight Champion Ugas square off against the former 140-pound titlist Barrios. Each fighter is led to the ring by a renowned trainer as Ugas is guided by longtime top trainer Ismael Salas, while Barrios trains under 2022 Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year Bob Santos.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Yordenis Ugas vs Mario Barrios.
Date: Saturday, September 30.
Time: at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
The fight will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
“I approach each round with the utmost focus, ensuring no round is taken lightly. Every round should flow in the direction I envision. “I don’t claim to predict outcomes, but I ensure that I face top-contender fighters, give my all every round, and let the results unfold. “Being in significant fight environments isn’t new to me, but sharing the card with a superstar like Canelo is genuinely thrilling. I take immense pride in this and promise to give my best for the audience.
“Returning to fight in Las Vegas is exhilarating. With a 5-0 record in Las Vegas and this being my third fight at T-Mobile Arena, it feels like home. Las Vegas has always been special for me.
“The aftermath of the Errol Spence Jr. fight was both a physical and emotional challenge. Carrying the weight of that loss wasn’t easy. But now, it’s time for redemption and moving forward. Post-surgery, my eye has healed, making me feel primed and ready.
“Returning to the gym was a joy, doing what I’ve been passionate about my whole life. Training resumed in December, with sparring following shortly.
“My attention is solely on my upcoming fight. Crawford’s decisions regarding the WBC belt don’t concern me. My aim is to stay on my path.”
“I promise to maintain the intensity I’m known for in every fight. The weight feels right now, making me even more confident.
“I’m putting in my utmost efforts in preparation. We’ve devised a solid strategy for the fight against Ugas. Despite its challenges, such fights intrigue me. Pushing my limits in the ring is what I strive for.
“So far, everything has been stellar. Staying in Las Vegas for the past months has kept me primed. Both mentally and physically, I feel at my peak.
“Relocating to Las Vegas felt essential. The training here has made me sharper and more determined. The benefits of training here are countless.
“Victory in this fight would be a significant milestone for my career. It would place me amongst the elite welterweights and inch me closer to the more important world title fights.