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Who is Yordenis Ugas and why has he replaced Errol Spence JR as Pacquiao’s rival?

Who is Yordenis Ugas and why has he replaced Errol Spence JR as Pacquiao’s rival?

The misfortune of one is the happiness of another. To Yordenis Ugás, this expression made all sense when, from one moment to the next, received th

The misfortune of one is the happiness of another. To Yordenis Ugás, this expression made all sense when, from one moment to the next, received the biggest opportunity of his career as a professional boxer.

After Errol Spence resigned from the fight against Manny Pacquiao due to an eye injury, the Cuban Ugás was named as the Filipino’s new rival And now he will star in the main fight on August 21 in Las Vegas.

Despite the joy it represents for Ugás to receive the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage in world boxing, the Antillean is not a recognized face in sport.

Who is Yordenis Ugás?

Ugás, 35, was born in Santiago de Cuba, and began his passage through boxing in 2003 and for 2004 he emerged as one of the Caribbean boxing promises when Amir Khan lost the youth championships. Finally, he established himself as such in 2005 by winning the world championship in amateur boxing in the lightweight division.

His brilliant career in amauterism was crowned with medals of gold in the Central American Games of Cartagena 2006 and the Pan American Games of Rio 2007 and the bronze at the Olympics Beijing 2008.

Two years after his Olympic medal, Ugás made the leap to professionalism, stage of his career where he has not been so brilliant.

Despite having debuted in 2010, his first shot at a title (WBC super lightweight Latin belt) it happened in 2014, although it fell to the American Emmanuel Robles. Five years later he returned to contention for a championship, the WBC welterweight, but Shawn Porter denied him the opportunity.

Finally, the coveted belt came in 2020, when he defeated Abel Ramos by split decision and was crowned WBA welterweight champion. The duel with Pacquiao will be his first attempt at defending the title.