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.