At a media workout in Dallas unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr responded to recent comments made by Yordenis Ugas trainer Ismael Salas.
With the three-belt world title fight just under two weeks Salas said this week that Spence isn’t the same fighter he once was.
“I feel great now and I’m 100%. Physically I’m on point and everything feels real regular. If Ugas’ trainer thinks I’m a different fighter now, we’ll see in two and half weeks how different I am,” said Spence.
The fight against Ugas will be a home fixture for Spence Jr with the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas hosting one of the biggest fights of the year in just under two weeks.
The local favourite will defend his WBC and IBF world titles while Cuban Ugas will put on the line the WBA strap, he won against Manny Pacquiao last year. Spence Jr had been due to face the now retired Filipino icon but withdrew due to requiring retinal eye surgery. Ugas stepped in, took the Texan’s spot, and retired Pacquiao.
“I’ve been looking forward to this fight since I had to drop out of the Pacquiao bout. I knew I would be fighting the winner, and now I’ve got Ugas in front of me. He’s a tough champion who’s been through a lot in his life.
“I can’t sit back and fight a tune-up fight right now. I want to go straight in with the sharks. Ugas is going to push me to another level and that’s what I want. I knew that if I was fighting a tune-up, I could sneak snacks in at night and stuff like that. I’m fighting someone on my level.”