After Cementing His Status as Champion, Yordenis Ugas Calls Out Errol Spence Jr.

Published 08/22/2021, 2:10 AM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Yordenis Ugasin celebrates with his team after defeating Manny Pacquiao in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports


It was all about Yordenis Ugas tonight. The WBA welterweight champion defended his belt in the biggest bout of his career against Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision. That said, it appeared to be a lopsided affair in the later rounds where Pacquiao almost offered nothing.

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Ugas, 27-4, showed why he is the title-holder at 147 lbs, leaving no doubts about his supremacy. Following the big win, the Cuban star has already put his eyes on the other elites of the division. He called out WBC-IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. after tonight’s clash, teasing a potential blockbuster for himself.

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While Ugas appeared tonight as a replacement to Errol Spence Jr, the stunning results can now match him against ‘The Truth’. In the post-fight interview, he appeared confident and didn’t hesitate to challenge the undefeated star who is reportedly recovering from a retinal injury.

The current scenario urges Spence Jr. to battle Ugas on his return. Moreover, Manny Pacquiao’s loss tonight will cast aside the Filipino’s chances against Errol Spence Jr. Hence, Ugas appears to be the right choice for the American champion’s return to action. But overpowering Errol Spence Jr. might not be that easy.

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Tonight’s matchup clearly validates the fight between WBA champion Ugas and WBC-IBF titlist Spence Jr. But Yordenis Ugas shall need much more to cement himself against the American fighter. Unlike Pacquiao, Spence Jr. is still in his prime and is unbeaten. Also, ‘The Truth’ is younger than Ugas.

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Hence, he can offer a lot more than what ‘Pac-Man’ did tonight. But Ugas’ display against Pacquiao places him as one of the top-rated welterweights in the world right now. Besides, his status of being a world champion will continue bringing lucrative offers. As an orthodox hitter, he showed his abilities in going against a tricky southpaw like Pacquiao.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Referee Jack Reiss in in the ring with Erroll Spence Jr. after he defeated Shawn Porter in their IBF & WBC World Welterweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Spence, Jr won by decision. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Errol Spence Jr. is also a southpaw puncher. So, the particular call-out could have been a calculated move by ’54 Milagros’, which has grabbed attention from the traditional fight fans.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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