Already willing to prove he belongs in the welterweight title picture, Yordenis Ugas is in a position he has been waiting years for. Now, he is looking to take advantage of the situation.
It was recently announced that Ugas (25-4) will face off against Abel Ramos for the WBA (regular) Welterweight Title. This comes after WBA stripped Alexander Besputin of the WBA (regular) Welterweight Title after testing positive for Ligandrol, a banned substance. It is the second time he will be fighting for a title, as he recently lost to Shawn Porter for the WBC Welterweight Title.
Ugas, 33, posted a message on his social media following the announcement, stating how this is a true dream come true for him.
“Last night (July 6), they announced my fight for the WBA regular championship,” Ugas stated. “From 10 to 22 years old I had one of the best races of any fighter of my generation in amateurs, winning championships every year for twelve consecutive years. Here in the professionals I have been working hard for this for 10 years. It is time to make the dream come true. I have always said that I do not chase names in Sports, I have been chasing greatness and especially a championship that last year due to the injustice of life did not come, we are ready again.
“Thank God, my team, my family, friends and all the people who follow me and have supported my career in these years. I’m Grateful. And The New !!!”
Ugas has been waiting to face some of the top fighters out there today. He earned a shot at Porter for the WBC Welterweight TItle in March 2019. Losing via split decision, the 33-year-old 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.
A silver medalist in the 2008 Olympics and a gold medalist in the World Championships and Pan American Games, Ugas is ready to take over. After coming close to beating Porter, Ugas told George Ebro that nothing will stand in his way.
“I can’t be happier with what the WBA has dictated,” Ugas said, via Boxing Scene. “After all this time looking for a belt, I think I’m finally getting justice. I know Ramos wants what I want too, but I’m already getting ready and the motivation is now double.”
The winner of the Ugas-Ramos bout would face off against former contender Radzhab Butaev, who last lost to Besputin for the title.
Last night they announced my fight for the championship. I have given my best to my career. 10 years working for this. It is time to make the dream come true. #ugasramos #teamugas #elmilagro pic.twitter.com/ooTZ0u0iZp
— Yordenis Ugas (@YordenisUgas) July 6, 2020