Errol Spence Jr. Bags a Massive Unification Fight for 2022. Who Will He Face?

Published 12/19/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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)


WBC-IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has finally bagged a super-fight in 2022 and might add another world title around his shoulder. WBA champion Yordenis Ugas and Spence Jr. reportedly will clash with each other, which can clarify the current welterweight situation. Fresh from a win against Manny Pacquiao in August, Ugas is now a top-tier fighter on the pound-for-pound list.

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Following his recent win, he seemed keen on facing the other welterweight kingpins. Meanwhile, Terence Crawford beat Shawn Porter to defend his WBO strap and can look forward to a lay-off. He is also looking for a free agency and can take some time to return to action.

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WBC-IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. has recovered from his retinal injury and is back to the gym. Hence, it makes sense to pitch ‘The Truth’ against Ugas. The WBA president Gilberto Mendoza has officially confirmed the fight.

Per reports, WBA initially denied the matchup and had Eimantas Stanionis as the mandatory for Ugas’ belt. However, Stanionis can avoid his title shot, which will allow Ugas to consider a unification. The winner of the Ugas vs Spence fight shall set only two champions at 147 lbs division. And that will reflect a lifeline to the undisputed fight in the future.

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Errol Spence Jr. was the original opponent for Manny Pacquiao before he suffered the retinal injury. WBA champion Ugas came in as a last-minute replacement and offered a massive upset against ‘Pac-Man’. The Cuban star dominated Pacquiao for all 12-rounds and kept his world title. He is now on the brink of entering another career-defining collision against Errol Spence Jr.

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Errol Spence Jr. can be tougher than ‘Pac-Man’ for Yordenis Ugas

Spence Jr. is a southpaw in his prime and has been undefeated so far as a world champion boxer. He will offer more threat to Ugas than Pacquiao did. Manny Pacquiao’s legendary stature is clearly worth hailing, but the 42-year-old was way over his prime, and Ugas clearly didn’t face his best version.

Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manny Pacquiao (left) fights Yordenis Ugas in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

However, Errol Spence Jr. is in his prime years. He has been little active since his car accident in 2019. But based on his recent Instagram posts, he looks physically fit and can come back to the ropes soon.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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