Yordenis Ugas Confident He Can Beat Errol Spence Jr, Another Champion ‘In Front Of Me’
Yordenis Ugas is in a familiar spot, but he’s looking to get out of it once more.
Ugas told Ring TV through a translator that Saturday won’t be the first time he’s considered an underdog. In fact, he’s used to it. Still, he still has faith that things will go his way come main event time against WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.
“I have been in plenty of situations plenty of times before like this where I’m the (underdog), Pacquiao being the most recent one, but at the same time, I know how to handle it and I can bring this fight along like I have before,” Ugas said.
“I gained confidence after the Pacquiao win, I gained faith, and I knew once I stepped into the ring with Pacquiao, good things were going to happen. I have the same feeling good things will come my way when I get in the ring with Spence.”
Ugas said he’s aware of Spence’s “aggressive mentality,” but he’s still filled with confidence, especially coming off of his upset win against legendary Manny Pacquiao, that he’s ready to “showcase” new things.
Ugas was a late replacement for Spence in August when the latter was forced to pull out due to an eye injury. Ugas, who holds the WBA “super” welterweight championship belt, was a near no-name at the time.
But that all changed after his unanimous victory win.
Ugas went the distance with the sole eight division world champion and was able to wear him out. The Cuban boxer has been nothing but grateful ever since his win then.
Pacquiao called it a career about a month after the loss.
Ugas and Spence have fought a common opponent, Shawn Porter, who is also now retired. Porter defeated Ugas by split decision in March 2019. While Ugas was able to give Porter problems, it didn’t seem it was enough to sway the judges’ scorecards.
But Ugas said he’s ready to shock the world once again.
“I’m leaving blood, sweat and tears on Saturday to win this,” Ugas said.
“Something that pushes me every day is fighting for my people of Cuba. That motivates me day in and day out. I know that I’m fighting for something much bigger than myself, and it’s something I never take for granted. Errol Spence is fighting for Errol Spence. I’m fighting for a nation. Beating Pacquiao was a life-changing moment, and I have another champion in front of me to beat.”