Errol Spence Jr hasn’t won a fight inside the distance for four years, but the WBC and IBF welterweight champion is going for a knockout against Yordenis Ugas on Saturday.
Three of the four belts on the line at the AT&T Stadium with the winner one title away from becoming undisputed champion.
At the media workout yesterday both men had their say.
“Besides the Kell Brook fight, this is definitely the meanest I’ve been going into a fight,” said Spence.
“It’s eat or get ate. That’s all it is on Saturday night. Eat or get ate. I’m going for the knockout.
“There’s nothing to elaborate on when I said I’m going for the knockout. It’s what I said. So, if I get it, I get it. If I don’t, I don’t. I know one hundred percent I’m getting the victory, but I definitely want to knock him out.”
Ugas stepped in to replace Spence last August and fight Manny Pacquiao after the American withdrew due to eye complications resulting in surgery.
The Cuban went on to pull off the biggest win of his career and in doing so became the recognised WBA welterweight champion. And just as he was in Las Vegas Ugas is the underdog this weekend as well.
“I know I’m the underdog. I came here to win. I will fight whenever, wherever, in anybody’s backyard,” said the 35-year-old.
“Spence can say whatever he wants. I’ll fight the way I always do, exchanging blows and coming forward.
“I’ve always been an underdog – six years ago and now, I’m used to it. Spence is the rightful favourite as a unified champion in his home city, but I came here to pull off the upset.
“I want all of Cuba to know that I fight for them with all my heart and soul, and I will do just that on Saturday night.”