Yordenis Ugas Ordered To Defend WBA Title Against Eimantas Stanionis
The WBC has denied Yordenis Ugas’ request to not partake in the four-man box-off.
WBA has ordered Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) to square off against Eimantas Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs) next with the Super World welterweight title on the line, following his decision win against Manny Pacquiao.
The champ and No. 1 contender have been given a 30-day deadline to negotiate a fight between them before a purse bid is ordered.
When I spoke to you @GilberticoWBA on the phone, you said you wanted the best fights for me, fight Pacquiao or a unify fight with Spence. How he gives me his word and then this happens?? Something like that is only done by men without honor.
— Yordenis Ugas (@YordenisUgas) October 20, 2021
This title showdown is part of the WBA’s four-fighter tournament. This will help consolidate the titles with their organization at 147.
Ugas, 35, has never been fond of participating in the competition.
He has been voicing for a showdown against IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr. in a unification fight.
Pacquiao was in talks to fight Spence Jr, but now that he’s beaten by Ugas, the Cuban star should be handed a fight that raises his stocks.
However, Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) is out of the picture for now after sustaining an eye injury.
Stanionis may not be at the same level as Spence, but he has been unbeaten so far in his pro career.
This means that he be no less than a major threat to in-form Ugas despite being the No. 1 challenger to the welterweight throne.
If Ugas beats him, the Cuban star will fight the winner of Jamal James vs Radzhab Butaev in March 2022.