Ugas is a former welterweight champion, having beaten Manny Pacquiao in the latter’s last fight as Pacman retired from the sport. That victory earned Ugas the right to face Errol Spence Jr. in a unification bout. Despite putting in a gritty performance, the Cuban was stopped in the tenth round. Since then, Ugas has been out of the ring as he suffered a broken right orbital bone.
But following that 17-month lay-off, Ugas is now ready to make his return against Barrios. A win would give Ugas the WBC interim welterweight title, putting him in line to face Terence Crawford. Although Bud is expected to vacate and move up to 154, an interim title could make Ugas the full champion if he is elevated in the event of Crawford moving up. With that being said, the Cuban has promised to show that he is still an elite fighter.
“I thought I fought well against Errol Spence Jr. and I walked away from the fight knowing I can compete against the best. I want to prove that I’m one of the best welterweights in the world. Barrios is a strong fighter, a tough fighter … I’m motivated to face an opponent of his caliber. There’s a lot at stake in this fight, but this is what I do. I go out and fight the best. I plan to take full advantage of this opportunity. I promise that the fans are gonna see another exciting fight on September 30,” Ugas