Yordenis Ugás will get his shot at Errol Spence Jr. after all.
Ugás (27-4, 12 KOs) protested when the World Boxing Association (WBA) ordered him to defend his welterweight title against Eimantas Stanionis, but the latter agreed to step aside, the WBA president told ESPN on Sunday. , Gilberto Mendoza, paving the way for Ugás to fight Spence.
Spence and Ugás, who are aligned with Al Haymon’s PBC, are in the process of finalizing a deal for a welterweight title unification fight to be held in March or April on Pay-Per-View at a location to be determined. a source told ESPN.
Spence’s World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titles will be up for grabs, while Ugás will put his WBA belt at 147 pounds. The division’s other title, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt, is held by Terence Crawford.
Stanionis, meanwhile, has agreed to fight Radzhab Butaev, and the plan calls for that fight to land on the Spence-Ugas PPV, Stanionis promoter Probellum president Richard Schaefer told ESPN.
“Thanks to the WBA for doing the right thing,” Ugás tweeted. “It is an award for my dedication and for being a brave man in and out of the ring. I will be fighting one of the best [libra por libra]. I am a warrior. First Cuban fighting [por] three belts [en] one night. Thanks [a] all the fans who asked for this fight. “
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) was scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao in August, but withdrew after he suffered a retinal detachment in training. Ugás chimed in 11 days early and shocked the future Hall of Famer, sending Pacquiao into retirement with a loss.
Ugas, 35, was in talks to fight Spence before Pacquiao accepted the assignment, and was hoping to reschedule the fight after the biggest win of his career (Spence was cleared to resume training on November 1). But the WBA planned to go ahead with its four-man mini tournament in an attempt to create a single champion at 147 pounds.
#SpenceUgas Thanks to the WBA for doing the right thing. It is an award for my dedication, and for being a brave man in and out of the ring. I will be fighting one of the best pxp. Im a warrior.First Cuban fighting three belts one night.Thanks all the fans who asked for this fight pic.twitter.com/tQFwMMPntg
– Yordenis Ugas (@YordenisUgas) December 19, 2021
In one of those bouts, Butaev (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a ninth-round stoppage over Jamal James in October. Ugas and Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs) were destined to fight each other in the other fight. Now Butaev, a 28-year-old Russian, will face Stanionis for the right to face the winner of Spence-Ugás after the WBA “agreed to modify the tournament from its original decision,” Mendoza said.
“Eimantas is eager to beat Butaev on the Spence vs. Ugas undercard and then fight the winner,” Schaefer said. “He’s ready for anyone in the welterweight division.”
Stanionis, a 27-year-old Lithuanian, fought Luis Collazo in August, but the fight resulted in a No Decision after a head butt resulted in a deep cut for Collazo.
Meanwhile, Spence, one of boxing’s biggest draws, gears up for another comeback without a set-up fight. The 31-year-old man from DeSoto, Texas, was hospitalized with serious injuries in a car accident in October 2019.
He returned in December 2020 with a win over Danny Garcia, but has not competed since.