‘Disrespectful’ Ugas shoots WBA for preventing him from fighting Spence
- Yordenis Ugas slams WBA for forcing him to fight in mini-tournament
- “Super” and “regular” titles to be unified by March 2022 as WBA determines main champion
- Ugas remains adamant that boxing fans would much prefer to see a title unification between him and Errol Spence Jr.
WBA welterweight king Yordenis Ugas is not very happy with the governing body’s decision to host a mini-tournament to solidify the welterweight titles.
In mid-September, it was announced that Ugas and “regular” title holder Jamal James would defend their belts against Eimantas Stanionis and Radzhab Butaev respectively.
In March 2022, the “super” and “regular” welterweight champions would then face off in a unification bout to determine the “real” WBA representative at 147 pounds.
Weeks after the announcement, the Cuban fighter posted a lengthy video response on his social media platforms.
” It’s disrespectful [for] the WBA to do a tournament to define their champions, when I’m the super champion, who just beat a legend in my first defense, and I have a win over regular champion Jamal James. Mandatory WBA fights are always meant to fight for the regular title. I fought Abel [Ramos] and was promoted when [Manny] Pacquiao was out of [the] sport, ”said a fiery Ugas as quoted by Boxing Scene.
Ugas went on to question the tournament after he had already established himself as the top WBA champion after defeating Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in his first title defense last August.
A super fight with current IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. seemed to be on the horizon for Ugas, but things took a sharp left turn towards the WBA unification tournament he is now involved in. .
Murodjon Akhmadaliev and their respective division champions Leo Santa Cruz, Artem Dalakian and Arsen Goulamirian have all been ordered to face their mandatory WBA challengers.
The confusing part of the whole situation for Ugas is that the aforementioned fighters may have mandatory challengers but are not precluded from fighting other title holders, leading him to question the treatment the WBA has in store for him.
Ugas also wonders why he has to fight a four-year-old pro at Stanionis, who in 14 fights has fought four fighters who have more losses than wins.
“The dream of every fighter is to be a champion and then to unite and it is my intention that I think I have earned. [Spence vs. Ugas]“A three-championship bout between two of the best welterweights in the world is what the fans want to see,” he said. proclaimed in the same video.