Yordenis Ugas vs Mike Dallas Jr. Preview Feb. 1st
Yordenis Ugas of Cuba will be meeting fellow veteran Mike Dallas Jr of Bakersfield, California in Biloxi, Mississippi this Saturday, Feb 1st. The 12-round welterweight bout can be seen live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Deportes in America. Ugas last fought in July when he beat former WBC Lightweight Champion Omar Figueroa by a 12-round unanimous decision. Dallas was last in action in October when he beat Moris Rodriguez via a six-round unanimous decision.
Ugas vs Dallas Jr. Betting Odds
- Mike Dallas Jr. +2500
- Yordenis Ugas -5000
Ugas is 33 years old and fights out of Miami, Florida. He enjoyed an excellent amateur career and won a gold medal as a lightweight at the 2005 World Championships when he was 19 years old. He also captured gold at the Pan American Games two years later and took home the bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He defeated Jose Pedraza, David Arce, Sadam Ali, Francisco Vargas and Darleys Perez as an amateur but was beaten by Amir Khan.
Ugas turned pro in 2010 and has 177 rounds of experience under his belt. He carries a mark of 24-4 along with 11 Kos. He isn’t known for his power with a current knockout ratio of 39.3 per cent. He stands 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 69-inch. Ugas lost a close split decision to former WBC Welterweight Champ Shawn Porter in a shot at the title last March. Ugas’ other three pro losses have been to Johnny Garcia by eight-round split decision in 2012, a 10-round split decision to Emanuel Robles in 2014 and an eight-round unanimous decision to Amir Imam in his next fight in 2014.
Other than Porter and Figueroa, Ugas hasn’t really faced any truly elite boxers as a pro, but also has victories over Kenny Abril, Cosme Rivera, Jamal James, Bryant Perrella, Thomas Dulorme and Jonathan Batista. He has plenty of boxing skills along with a solid chin and not much in the way of power. However, he showed against Porter that he’s capable of taking on the best in the world and is a legitimate title contender.
Dallas Jr. is also 33 years old and has a mark of 23-3-2 with 11 Kos. He enjoyed a fine amateur career and fought at the 2008 Olympic Trials. He’s boxed 123 rounds since making his pro debut in 2008 and like Ugas, doesn’t have too much in the way of power with a current knockout ratio of 29.3 per cent, the exact same as Ugas. When Dallas has stepped up to face tougher opponents in the past he’s had a hard time of it. Josesito Lopez knocked him out in the seventh round in January of 2011 and in his very next fight five months later he lost a 10-round majority decision to Mauricio Herrera.
He was also stopped in the first round by Lucas Matthysse in a shot at the interim WBC Super Lightweight Title in 2013. He hasn’t lost since but has fought just five times since then as he didn’t fight in 2014 and 2017 and fought only once in 2018 and 2019. His two draws came against Dusty Harrison over 10 rounds in 2016 and against Luis Lugo over six rounds in 2008. His biggest wins have been against the likes of Miguel Gonzalez, Javier Castro, Fabian Luque and Lanard Lane.
Dallas Jr. also stopped Francisco Javier Castro for the WBO Latino Super Lightweight Crown in 2012. Dallas is 5-feet-9-inches tall with an unlisted reach which means he’s the same height as Ugas. He matches up well against Ugas on paper when it comes to his record, power, age and size, but Dallas Jr hasn’t been very active over the past few years and he hasn’t beaten anybody with a winning record since stopping Castro back in 2012.
Dallas will be depending on his boxing skills, speed and chin in this fight but he’s simply up against a superior boxer who has been active against top opposition lately. It looks like Dallas is in slightly over his head in this bout and I’m expecting a Ugas victory.
Ugas is a class above Dallas Jr.
Play: Ugas -5000 @ BetOnline.ag
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