Yordenis Ugás Wants To Face Errol Spence Jr., Not Eimantas Stanionis

Yordenis Ugás wants to step into the ring with Errol Spence Jr., not be ordered in a four-man box-off.

Ugás (27-4, 12 KOs) is the reigning WBA “super” welterweight champion after knocking off recently retired Manny Pacquiao. The Cuban boxer has his eyes set on facing WBC/IBF Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) but the WBA is ordering him to face Lithuania’s Eimantas Stanionis.

“It is disrespectful for the WBA to have a tournament to define their champion, when I am the super champion,” Ugas said as part of a statement Monday.

Ugás is coming off the biggest win of his career. He successfully defended his welterweight belt versus Filipino boxing legend Pacquiao in a 12-round unanimous decision.

Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs), on the other hand, gets a title shot after being named the “leading available contender” by the WBA.

Also part of the box-off, Jamal James (27-1, 12 KOs) must defend his WBA “world” (regular champion) title against mandatory challenger Radzhab Butaev (13-0, 10 KOs, 1 NC).

Their matchup is reportedly on October 30 in Las Vegas.

“WBA mandatory fights are always to fight for the regular title. I fought Abel and got promoted when Pacquiao was out of the sport. I have three questions for the WBA:

  • With everything and the reduction of the title that the WBA has, what super champion has a mandatory fight imposed? Even though he’s on his way to a three-championship unification.
  • Which super champion in history has had a mandatory fight for the WBA super champion title?

Anthony Joshua (former unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titlist)

Arsen Goulamirian (cruiserweight)

Dmitry Bivol (light heavyweight)

Saul Alvarez (WBC/WBA/WBO super middleweight champ)

Jermell [Charlo – WBA “Super”/WBC/IBF middleweight champ)

Josh Taylor (undisputed junior welterweight champ)

Teofimo Lopez (WBA “Super”/WBO/IBF middleweight champ)

Gervonta Davis (former WBA “Super” junior lightweight tilist; current WBA “World” lightweight and junior welterweight titlist)

Leo Santa Cruz (featherweight)

Murodjon Akhmadaliev (WBA “Super”/IBF junior featherweight titlist)

Naoya Inoue (WBA “Super”/IBF bantamweight titlist)

Artem Dalakian (flyweight)

None of these 14 champions have mandatory fights imposed and their next fight will not unify [the] championship. Why that different treatment with me?” Ugás said.

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