Ugas Looking To Make His Mark Against Boxing’s Best
The road to the top is something most boxers strive for. Yordenis Ugas believes he can get to it. At 33, Ugas already has 13 wins via knockout. One of his main goals is to become a champion. By facing the very best, he believes he can achieve that goal.
Ugas (25-4) spoke to Fight Hype about future bouts he would like to have. One fighter he is interested in is WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford. Speaking through his translator, Ugas highlighted a win he has over Crawford that can give him an advantage.
“I think I can win that fight,” Ugas stated, via International Business Times. “We already fought in the amateurs, and I won 26-10. I think he’s a great fighter, and one of the best in the division. But so am I, and it would be a great fight together. I’ll be ready when boxing is back.”
Due to the coronavirus, it is unknown when competitive boxing will be back. Ugas, however, continues to train for any opportunity that may arrive.
A bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics, Ugas has been fighting professionally since 2010. He earned a shot at Shawn Porter for the WBC Welterweight TItle in March 2019. He lost via split decision, a fight he believes he won. Ugas stated the referee didn’t count shots he landed in the later rounds. If he had the opportunity, he would be interested in righting a wrong against Porter, who lost the title to Errol Spence Jr.
“I’ll take a rematch with Porter, even though Porter is not a champion,” Ugas went on to say. “I’m looking for a championship. I’ll fight him anytime. I have size and power. After I win a couple of world championships, I’ll move up.”
Following the loss to Porter, Ugas went on to beat Omar Figueroa Jr. in July via unanimous decision. His last fight was in February, beating Mike Dallas Jr. via corner retirement. Hungry for a title, he may have to wait for a shot at Spence. Due to a driving accident he was in, it is unknown the condition of the 30-year-old. If one champion isn’t available, Ugas will go after another in WBA Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.
“I would like to fight the WBA champion,” Ugas said. “I think I did everything to become a world champion… Let’s see if Spence takes the challenge”
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