How Did Yordenis Ugas Win Bronze Medal at 2008 Olympics?

Published 08/21/2021, 7:19 AM EDT
BROOKLYN, NY – SEPTEMBER 05: Yordenis Ugas works out and speaks to the press during the media workout event at Gleason’s Gym on September 5, 2018 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Yordenis Ugas is one of the most successful boxers of recent times. He has constantly proved his worth to one and all and has enjoyed a steep rise in the welterweight division. However, his success isn’t just limited to professional boxing.

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In 2008, he represented his nation in the Beijing Olympics and came out with a bronze medal after competing with some fine pugilists coming from the globe. Right from his first fight in Beijing, Ugas showed heart, and it seemed as if he’d go on to bag the ultimate gold.

In his first preliminary bout was against Algeria’s Hamza Kramou, Ugas fought well and won this fight comfortably.

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Moving ahead, ’54 Milagros’ escalated his Olympic stint by putting on classical performances. In his quarter-finals, he faced Georgian Popescu. Once again putting his fight IQ to the display, Ugas bagged another win to book his seat in the semi-finals.

However, in the semi-finals, Ugas’ hype got derailed as he lost to Daouda Sow and had to settle for bronze. After that, the Cuban boxer made the transition to professional boxing and stepped into a new world in 2010.

Once he came under the big lights in pro-boxing, Ugas never looked back and rose to the top in multiple divisions. Hence, in every sense, ’54 Milagros’ has seen a career that’s worth registering in the history books.

Is Yordenis Ugas on the path to welterweight glory?

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The 35-year-old has been in boxing for over a decade now. In his career stint, Ugas has fought many bouts at the welterweight frame.

BROOKLYN, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Yordenis Ugas speaks to the Press during the Final Press Conference for his upcoming fight at Dream Hotel on September 6, 2018 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

He dedicated an extensive amount of time to shape himself and carry his physique at the 147-pound class. Looking at how he’s taking his boxing run ahead, it’s clear to admit that Ugas is on the pathway to be a welterweight elite. A lot of it will depend on his bout against Manny Pacquiao.

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His August 21 bout aside, it’ll be interesting to see if he hangs up his gloves as a welterweight or enhances his career with trips to super welterweight and beyond.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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