WBA Orders Yordenis Ugas to Face Mandatory Challenger, Dismisses Errol Spence Jr. Fight

Published 10/21/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
BROOKLYN, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Yordenis Ugas ( red trunks ) defeats Cesar Barrionuevo ( white trunks ) by Uanimous Decision in their WBC Welterweight Elimination fight at Barclays Center on September 8, 2018 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


WBA welterweight ‘super’ champ Yordenis Ugas put on a fine performance in his last boxing outing against the legend, Manny Pacquiao. In what was his first title defense, the underdog succeeded in pulling off an upset. Post that fight, the 35-year-old had a powerful urge to face the WBC and IBF welterweight champ, Errol Spence Jr. for a title unification bout.

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That said, he even requested the WBA to let him lock horns with Spence Jr. as this fight had a bigger prize for him. Unfortunately for the Cuban boxer, WBA dismissed Ugas’ request to fight ‘The Truth’ and upheld their decision to have him fight his mandatory challenger Eimantas Stanionis.

Per ESPN, Ugas and Stanionis’ teams have thirty days to reach an agreement.

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Ugas was under tremendous pressure ahead of the Manny Pacquiao fight- one that he accepted on short notice as ‘The Truth’ suffered an eye injury. ’54 Milagros’ employed his lanky physique to hammer Pacquiao. Moreover, he adopted the policy of hitting and not getting hit in return.

This strategy worked wonders for Yordenis Ugas and helped him claim a UD win.

Can Yordenis Ugas get past his next challenger too?

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Although Yordenis Ugas faced a washed-up Manny Pacquiao, he still showed heart and strong mental abilities to get a win. That said, this attitude will be vital for him in his upcoming fight against Eimantas Stanionis.

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

’54 Milagros’ holds some modern skill sets, which he uses effectively across all of his fights. Also, since he has an aspiration to face Errol Spence Jr., Ugas will unquestionably look to secure a win in this fight.

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It will be interesting to see how Ugas fares in his upcoming boxing bout. What do you make of WBA’s decision? Should they have let Errol Spence Jr fight Yordenis Ugas? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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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