Ordenis Ugas TKOs Mike Dallas Jr.
By Robert Ecksel on February 2, 2020
Ugas had little trouble establishing his superiority at the opening bell. (TrappFotos/TGB)
Saturday night, in a fight televised live on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Beau Rivage Resort Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas (25-4, 12 KOs), from Miami by way of Santiago de Cuba, stopped overmatched Mike Dallas Jr. (23-4-2, 11 KOs), from Bakersfield, California, in the seventh-round of a scheduled 12-rounder.
His corner threw in the towel and not a moment too soon.
The fight looked like a mismatch on paper and appeared no different in the ring. With his extensive amateur background and better class of opponent, Ugas had little trouble establishing his superiority at the opening bell. Long ago, Dallas had shown some promise. He fought Josesito Lopez in 2011 and Lucas Matthysse two years later, both of who knocked him out, but he came into the fight having gone 4-0-1 in his last five fights, a statistic of which much was made. A statistic of which nothing was made was the facf that the four men Dallas defeated prior to facing Ugas had a combined record of 19-75-7.
Dallas was behind the 8-ball from the start. Landing sharp punches upstairs and down, two of which drifted south of the border, Ugas landed 52 percent of his power punches, an assault for which Dallas lacked the skill and composure to effectively respond. He landed just 46 punches.
The victory was the second in a row for Ugas since his questionable split decision loss to Shawn Porter in March of last year. The fallback response to the crappy scorecard is to say, “Well, that’s boxing,” adding a shrug for emphasis if so inclined.
“I’m not overly excited about my performance,” said Ugas after trouncing Dallas, “but the most important thing was to get the victory. The main goal now is to keep winning and fight for a title. I’m ready for all of the top welterweights.”
Ugas deserves another shot at the crown, maybe a rematch with Porter. He also deserves to be judged by men who are unbiased.
“The game plan was to come forward, come strong,” continued Ugas. “I always work the body strong and want to push the action and that’s what I did tonight.”