Yordenis Ugas is set to return this Sunday on FOX (8 pm ET) in a Premier Boxing Champions main event against Abel Ramos, with the vacant WBA “world” (secondary or “regular,” if you prefer) title at stake.
The 34-year-old Ugas (25-4, 12 KO) will be a big favorite, as he’s emerged as a serious welterweight threat in the last few years after his career sort of went off the rails from 2012-14, when he suffered a trio of losses that seemed to expose him as a pretender instead of rising contender.
But after eight straight wins following a move to 147 pounds, Ugas gave Shawn Porter all he could handle — and some would argue then some — in a Mar. 2019 WBC title fight, and he’s won two more since then.
He’ll be a big favorite against Ramos (26-3-2, 20 KO) this weekend, but he’s not looking past the 29-year-old from Arizona, either.
“Ramos is a very tough fighter who has a tremendous amount of heart, as shown in his last fight when he knocked out Perrella in the final seconds of that fight,” Ugas said from training camp. “This will be one of those fights that the fans will be talking about for many years, because we are not going to be backing up. I’m expecting an all-out war.”
Ugas is also looking to become the first Cuban welterweight titleholder — it will count for Ugas, you can argue about it as a fan — since Jose Napoles in 1975.
“It will be an honor to become the first Cuban welterweight world champion of this millennium, God willing I come out victorious,” he said. “Becoming a world champion is a goal I set for myself when I first started boxing, and I’m not going to let it slip by this time around. My goal is to not leave the decision in the hands of the judges, so I’ll be going for the knockout.”
If he does get the win he’s expected to get, Ugas seems like he still plans to take on the rest of PBC’s top welterweights — and yes, he still thinks he beat Shawn Porter, and again, he’s not alone in that.
“Everyone knows the welterweight division is always loaded with the best fighters in boxing, and I consider myself as one of those guys. I feel I beat Shawn Porter, so I know I belong with the elite boxers at 147 pounds. I must get past Ramos first, then I’m coming for everyone.”