Yordenis Ugas Thankful For the Opportunity To Fight Errol Spence
3KingsBoxing had previously reported unified IBF/WBC world welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr (27-0, 21 KOs) will face WBA ‘super’ champ Yordenis Ugas(27-4, 12 KOs) in a unification showdown early in 2022. Confirmed by the WBA president Gilberto Mendoza via a tweet on December 19, the WBA mandatory challenger, Eimantas Staniosis, has agreed to step aside for a Spence-Ugas fight to take place.
We promised to provide more information on the matter. Here’s an update. Upon hearing news about the WBA’s announcement, Ugas reacted via social media. He gave his thanks to the sanctioning body and expressed pride in being the first Cuban fighter to engage in a fight of this magnitude.
Ugas believes his name deserves to be among the elite at welterweight. The 35-year-old called for a fight against Spence since defeating future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao in August of 2021. Ironically, Ugas was a late substitute for Spence, who had to withdraw from the fight after suffering a torn retina in training camp.
As of this writing, Spence has yet to release a statement in reaction to the WBA’s decision. The unified champ has been on the shelf, recovering from a torn retina before his canceled bout with Pacquiao. While no date has been finalized, early expectations are that the fight could happen in February or March of next year. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further updates.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.