WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter first title defense is against Yordenis Ugas this Saturday but his opponent at the weigh-in was his hair as he had to get a haircut to make weight.
Porter’s opponent, Yordenis Ugas, weighed in at 146.5 lbs, which is below the 147-pound weight limit while Porter came in at 148.5.
With two hours left to make weight, Porter headed to a gym to do some exercise and sauna as reported by Fox’s Heidi Androl in a tweet. He returned and weighed himself again but was still overweight. As a last resort, he cut his hair. That took him under the weight limit and to have a chance to successfully defend against Ugas. Had he not make weight, the match more than likely would’ve taken place but Porter would have been stripped of the WBC Welterweight title.
Porter quipped at the last press conference for this fight: “People want to see knockouts. That’s the best way to solidify a win. We’ve seen things not go my way before on close scorecards. We’ve worked on adding some more power and we’ll see on Saturday if it all comes to fruition.”
Shawn Porter haircut, photo courtesy WBC… pic.twitter.com/shsmbVPmBv
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Ugas when asked at the last press conference Thursday stated “I am taller than Shawn, but in the ring, there isn’t a big difference. If he prefers to fight taller fighters, I actually think that will be to my advantage. I’ll show you why on Saturday.”This is a very evenly-matched fight. I’ve come a long way and now people are giving me the credit that I deserve and that I worked so hard for.”
Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) after defeating Danny Garcia in September bout to capture the WBC belt, looks to gain win number 30 against Ugas (23-3, 11 KOs), who Ugas earned this mandatory opportunity by winning title eliminators against Ray Robinson and Cesar Barrionuevo.
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