Yordenis Ugás Receives ‘Key To The City’ Of Miami From Mayor Francis Suarez
Defending his WBA welterweight title belt isn’t the only thing Yordenis Ugás has accomplished.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez presented the “Key to the City” to Ugás Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony at the mayor’s office.
“Ugás could have used that platform to talk about himself,” Suarez said. “Instead, he highlighted the oppression, the brutal dictatorship in Cuba. That’s something that we have to be eternally grateful for.”
“… I knew at that moment that I had to invite him and give him the key to the city. He earned it,” he added.
Ugás, of Santiago de Cuba, used his post-fight speech to say he was fighting for the people of Cuba who have been experiencing hardships under their government.
Florida has had a growing Cuban immigrant population since 1980. In 2016, there were about 1,272,000 Cuban immigrants in the state.
“It brings me great joy that I was presented with the Key to the City of Miami by Mayor Suarez,” Ugás said. “I had a great victory against a boxing legend like Manny Pacquiao and I was able to bring attention to the oppression my people back home in Cuba are dealing with.”
Ugás defeated the legendary Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao, on August 21 in a welterweight showdown. Ugás was last minute replacement after Errol Spence Jr. withdrew from an eye injury.
With the key, Ugás joins a select number of athletes who have also earned the distinction including NBA champions Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal and music phenomenon Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
“I will always fight for freedom, not only for my countrymen in Cuba, but those being oppressed all over the world.”