Yordenis Ugas: “I Would Fight Terence Crawford Without Question”
By: Hans Themistode
Former three division world champion and current WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford has been criticized for his level of opposition over the years. Fighters such as Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia have been forced to squint when trying to recognize the names that Crawford has shared the ring with as of late.
At the moment, the Nebraska native is staring down the barrel of a showdown with former welterweight titlist Kell Brook. A win against his British counterpart may have held Crawford in high regard in the eyes of his peers several years ago, but with two broken orbital bones, an admitted lack of motivation and the absence of a big fight on his resume in years, a win over Brook will do little to placate his critics.
On the opposite end of Crawford’s ailment’s is perpetual contender Yordenis Ugas. The 34 year old Cuban native has faced his fair share of big name opponents including Jamal James as well as Shawn Porter. Now, his murderers row of competition will be rewarded this coming Sunday when he takes on Abel Ramos with the vacant WBA regular title on the line.
A win isn’t guaranteed, but if he does what most are expecting then he would love to kick down the door on a number of potential mega matchups in the welterweight division. Including a contest with Crawford.
“I would love to fight the winner of Spence vs Garcia, Keith Thurman and Terence Crawford,” said Ugas to Ray Flores during a virtual interview. “I would fight Terence Crawford without question. That or even a matchup against Mikey Garcia, I’m open to doing that as well.”
For Crawford, he has consistently had one response in regards to matchups with Garcia, Spence, Thurman and others. In short, negotiations can make any of those dream bouts come true. Yet, in regards to Ugas, Crawford hasn’t shown any willingness to work things out.
“I talked about it but no offer has ever been presented to me.”
While fantasy matchups with Crawford excite Ugas (25-4, 12 KOs), for now, they are just that, fantasies. The 34 year old contender would much rather focus on reality and that would include his title contest this coming weekend.
“It’s going to be a great fight. I’m really excited about it. I’m always ready to fight the full distance but if I can get the knockout then great. My main goal at the end of the day is to become a world champion.”
Errol Spence Jr: ” Ugas is a Very Good Fighter But Nobody Knows Who He is”
By: Hans Themistode
Being a great fighter just isn’t good enough. At least according to unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
At the moment, the Dallas native is sitting at a table with a pen in his hand waiting to sign a contract. The names that he has been most linked to are WBA belt holder Manny Pacquiao, WBO titlist Terence Crawford and former two division world champion Danny Garcia. One name that is currently trying to place himself into the mix however, is Welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas.
Pacquiao, Crawford and Garcia all share a few things in common. They aren’t only great fighters but they also bring a certain level of cachet to the table.
Simply put, neither of those aforementioned fighters can walk to their respective drug store or go out on a midday stroll without getting mobbed by fans. Especially in the case of Pacquiao.
Ugas on the other hand, can go unnoticed.
His low profile suits him. He isn’t loquacious and may even come across as introverted. Inside of the ring however, it’s a whole different story.
The phrase “I let my fists do the talking for me,” is a great way to describe Ugas. But while that has led him to winning ten of his past eleven fights, it won’t get him on the radar of Spence.
“Ugas is a good fighter,” Spence told Brian Custer, a Showtime broadcaster. “He’s a very good fighter. I think he’s a guy that, you know, that’s always extremely focused. He has, you know, that Cuban training factor, where, you know, he’s always training, he’s always focused. It looks like he’s always in shape. But, you know, as far as big names, he’s not a big name. You know, I think that’s the only knock to him. You know, a great fighter, but not a big name. I mean, he’s not Danny Garcia, not Pacquiao, you know, he’s not Terence Crawford.”
At one point, Spence was once in that same position. Screaming for a big fight at the top of the mountain tops while most who were at the top of said mountain barely heard him. In fairness though, Ugas did receive his shot at stardom in a 2019 contest against Shawn Porter. To the chagrin of those watching at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, Porter was given the split decision win.
The bitter taste of defeat was quickly washed away following two wins over Mike Dallas Jr and Omar Figueroa Jr. Now, he finds himself rated third in the WBC rankings. A belt that Spence just so happens to hold position of. Still, it’ll take more than a climb up the rankings to entice Spence into fighting him.
“That’s the only knock to him. Once he gets there, once he gets behind me, then I’ll turn around and we’ll fight. But, you know, right now, you know, it’s not a guy that, you know, I’m just gonna be calling out to fight because, I mean, hardcore boxing people know him. But outside of that, you know, nobody know who he is.”
Yordenis Ugas Calls Out Terence Crawford: “I Won in The Amateurs”
By: Hans Themistode
Not too many people can boast of picking up a win against Terence Crawford in the ring. As a pro, he’s beaten all 36 of his opponents. But in the amateurs, he’s had a few slip ups. Crawfords record in the non paid ranks stood at 58-12, and by the time 2008 rolled around, he was the highest ranked Lightweight in the United States.
Crawford picked up wins against future world champions in Danny Garcia and Mikey Garcia, but amongst his 12 defeats was to current Welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas.
After a decade plus since their last meeting, plenty has changed. But Ugas believes that the scoreboard will look the same regardless.
“I think I can win that fight,” said Ugas on Instagram Live. “We already fought in the amateurs, and I won 26-10. I think he’s a great fighter, and one of the best in the division. But so am I, and it would be a great fight together. I’ll be ready when boxing is back.”
With the boxing schedule on a hiatus due to COVID-19, the thought of having a tuneup fight before jumping into a high stakes matchup hasn’t even crossed the mind of Ugas. In fact, Crawford isn’t the only big name that he currently has an eye on.
“I would like to fight the WBA champion [Manny Pacquiao]. I think I did everything to become a world champion, and I think I won the fight. Let’s see if Spence takes the challenge.”
The world championship belt in which Ugas is referring to is his 2019 WBC title fight against then champion Shawn Porter. Ugas came up just short in that contest, losing via split decision. Since then, he stopped Mike Dallas Jr. earlier this year. He also made it look easy in handing the previously undefeated Omar Figueroa Jr., a one sided loss.
If Ugas can hold onto his number one position within the WBA, he could find himself matched up with Manny Pacquiao the moment this pandemic comes to an end.