Yordenis Ugas’ Sparring Partners, Trainer, and Gym: Where Does the Cuban Boxer Train?

Published 08/17/2021, 10:30 AM EDT


Yordenis Ugas, the man who became the WBA world champion after the WBA stripped Manny Pacquiao because of inactivity, is ready for his first defense against the man who never lost the belt. As ’54 Milagros’ is considered as a replacement for Errol Spence Jr., it hasn’t garnered enough respect from the fans towards him. However, as the traditional community is well aware of Ugas’ prowess, they believe he can hang in there with Manny Pacquiao.

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Hailing from Cuba, Yordenis Ugas is rightly a top-tier contender, who has come a long way from the grassroots to the absolute top of the chain. He trains in his home country, Cuba, and seems to have retained the same team throughout.

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The 35-year-old, Yordenis Ugas, has already touched Las Vegas and his camp is ongoing. He represents the Salas Boxing Academy, which is mainly in Cuba. Here’s everything about his head coach, gym, and sparring partners.

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Yordenis Ugas trainer, gym and team

’54 Milagros’ Ugas’ head trainer is Ismael Antonio Salas. Although the stable doesn’t have many big shots of professional boxing, Salas’ team is one of the best in Cuba and all over the world. Besides, Ismael Salas and Yordenis Ugas appear to share a healthy bond, which hones their journey even more.

On Salas’ birthday, the WBA champion took to social media and explained how he began resurrecting Cuban boxing with his trainer almost five years back. Hence, the duo has righty picked several surging stars from the place. Salas Boxing also has many international fighters and is currently rising in the pro boxing world.

Flyweight star Fernando Diaz also spars at the gym and is a pupil of Ismael Salas. Meanwhile, Errid Caldera and Luis Arias are also prominent members of the family. The undefeated super middleweight boxer from Mexico, Jose Armando Resendiz, also trains at the gym.

Hence, it is safe to believe that Yordenis Ugas trains and spars amid elite company.

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Meanwhile, Ugas appears to be the brightest name amongst all. The 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist and world champion boxer has earned a lot in his career so far. So, a successful title defense against Manny Pacquiao, will clearly be a cherry on the cake for him and his team.

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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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