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Mathematics Says Mario Barrios Has a Better Chance at Knocking Out Yordenis Ugas on Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo Fight Card: Age, Height, Weight, Reach, Record, and More

Published 09/29/2023, 2:05 PM EDT

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For the first time in the four-belts era, an undisputed champion from one division is moving up two weight classes to face the undisputed champion of another division. This magnanimous mantle has been taken by Jermell Charlo as he aspires to snatch the super middleweight undisputed crown from boxing royalty, Canelo Alvarez. Another fight that held a synonymous wager happened back in 1970 when Bob Foster moved from light heavyweight to the heavyweight division to challenge Joe Frazier. So, the stakes are high and this fight is going to act as a retort for the boxing fans. Even the undercard fights are not to be missed.

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One of the undercard fights involves the boxer who defeated the Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao to the retirement, Yordenis Ugas. He’ll be facing the former Gervonta Davis‘s opponent, Mario Barrios, to grab the vacant WBC interim welterweight title. The Showtime aims to flare up the 20,000 attendance at the T-Mobile Arena with every fight leading up to the historical event. Similarly, the fight in question has its own conundrum. Ugas holds more experience than his opponent, but you’d be surprised to know that the stats point in the other direction.

Yordenis Ugas vs Mario Barrios: Stats Comparison


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Yordenis Ugas will be putting on his gloves after more than a year. He last fought against Errol Spence Jr, where he lost the WBA Super World welterweight title. But now he’s got his eyes locked on a different title and redeemed his previous loss against a younger boxer. He even drew inspiration from a former UFC lightweight champion, Israel Adesanya, ahead of his September 30 showdown. Barrios, on the contrary, is coming after an impressive KO win that even ended his losing streak against Jovanie Santiago.

The fighters have their own set of positives and negatives that may play a major role in further predicting the outcome of this bout. Let’s take a closer look at these stats.


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Age, height, reach, and weight

When the physical attributes are taken into consideration, Yordenis Ugas, 32, stands at the height of 5 feet and 9 inches, which lets him have a reach of 69 inches. The Cuban boxer uses the orthodox stance when fighting. He is also fighting at 147 lbs catchweight.

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On the other hand, Mario Barrios, 28, stands tall at 6 inches and merits a reach of 71 inches during his fights. The stance is similar to Ugas, as he also follows the orthodox stance during his fights. The Texan-born boxer holds an advantage in his physical attributes. However, it is also important to look at their individual records in order to make a determination.

Record and Knockout Ratio

If we delve deeper into the numbers, Yordenis Ugas holds a 27-5 record. Out of these wins, 12 of them are results of knockout. This gives him a deadly 44.44% knockout ratio. While, Barrios has fought 29 fights in total, out of which he’s won 27 and lost 2 fights. In these 27 fights, he’s had 18 knockouts, which gives him a 66.67% knockout rate.

So, ‘El Azteca’ has better attributes here as well. This definitely gives him an upper hand against Yordenis Ugas, but would this be enough against the former welterweight champion?

Will numbers favor Mario Barrios against Yordenis Ugas in the actual fight?


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Mario Barrios is coming on September 30 with a statistical advantage over his opponent, Yordenis Ugas. But does knockout percentage really play a big role in the sport of boxing? Not necessarily. A boxer doesn’t need to be a heavy slugger to win his fights. Since the boxers like Willie Pep and Pernell Whitaker, do hold the GOAT status in the sport. Therefore, Ugas still has a chance as he’s got more experience than his opponent.

But, simultaneously, the knockout percentage does have some advantage, as one punch can overturn the outcome of an apparent over-matched fight. The most relevant example of this is James Toney‘s 11th-round knockout against Michael Nunn back in 1991. Well, it still remains to be seen whether the numbers advantage would do some favor to Mario Barrios.


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However, Ugas has experience in flourishing under pressure, as he’s conquered Manny Pacquiao in the past and even held his WBA title. So, what do you think? What are your predictions for this undercard fight? Tell us in the comments section.

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Written by:

Chirag Radhyan


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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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Gokul Pillai