Shawn Porter has claimed that Yordenis Ugas has little chance of beating Errol Spence Jr. if they fight later this year.
Spence has been out of the ring December 2020. In his last fight, he successfully defended his IBF and WBC world welterweight titles against Danny Garcia at the AT&T Stadium.
"The Truth" looks set to fight Ugas next, who has recently been elevated to WBA (Super) world championship status after he beat Abel Ramos for the vacant belt in September 2020.
Manny Pacquiao was the holder of the "Super" belt, but he has been stripped of the title due to his inactivity. "Manny" has not fought since he beat Keith Thurman via split decision in July 2019.
Porter previously fought Ugas in March 2019. The latter came close to causing an upset but Porter won via split decision after 12-rounds of action.
Zachary Young scored the contest 117-111 for Ugas, while Steve Morrow and Max De Luca had it 116-112 and 115-113 for Porter.
During a recent episode of "The Ak & Barak Show", Porter insisted that Ugas will be "in the line of fire" against Spence:
"Let me say this - they put Manny Pacquiao in recess, which elevates Ugas to a champion. Now you're a world champion because we've made you a world champion. Who are you gonna fight to say, 'I'm a world champion?' If it's gonna be Errol Spence Jr.
"I don't see him beating Errol Spence Jr. I think he's gonna be right there, in the line of fire. He does not have [much] movement, no left or right. He's gonna get hit with everything that Errol Spence has, and then he's gonna lose the belt.
"So, I think that he is a world champion now, but he's gotta fight somebody that he can beat. I don't know what top guy at welterweight he can beat, to say, 'Hey, you guys [awarded] me a [championship], but now I solidified it by beating such and such.' I don't know who such and such could be.
"I did not think that Ugas could become a champion at welterweight. Of the top guys who had the belts, I didn't think that he had what it took to beat any of those guys. And I'm not trying to disrespect him and say that he's been rewarded [with] a belt or anything like that.
"I'm happy to see him become a world champion. I understand who Ugas is and I respect him as a person. When I beat him, I looked at who else he could fight to become a world champion, and I said, 'Man, if he's able to get down to 140, he'll become a world champion and live out his dreams of being a Cuban world champion. But if he stays at 147, I don't think he could ever do it.'"
Ugas has responded well to his loss to Porter, winning three fights on the bounce. He has benefitted from Pacquiao's extended hiatus, but he will be in for a tough night against Spence Jr.
The 30-year-old is operating at a completely different level to Ugas. Impressive victories over Kell Brook, Mikey Garcia and Porter in recent years have skyrocketed him to true pound-for-pound greatness.
Spence performed well against Garcia his last time out and it is a no brainer for him to fight Ugas next.
For Spence, who is hoping to pick up as many belts as possible, the Ugas bout is an obvious route to go, as he has not proven himself to be on thesame level as Porter and co.
Should Spence perform well against Ugas, it will be an ideal stepping stone for him ahead of much bigger fights before the end of 2021.
Linked with the likes of Terence Crawford and Pacquiao, Spence has bigger fish to fry in the years to come. It will be then we get to see just how good he is...