By Justin Estuart: Present WBA “Tremendous” welterweight titleholder, Yordenis Ugas (26–4, 12 KOs), now 34 years of age, is awaiting his subsequent struggle in 2021.
Coming off a split-decision victory in opposition to welterweight contender Abel Ramos (27–4–2, 21 KOs) on September 6, 2020, Ugas obtained the vacant WBA “common” welterweight championship belt.
Extra importantly, Ugas was then elevated to “tremendous” WBA champion on January 29, 2021, after the World Boxing Affiliation introduced that eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao (62–7–2, 39 KOs) can be held because the champion in recess on account of inactivity.
With Ugas seeking to defend his WBA welterweight title, let’s delve into three potential opponents:
A bout with rising welterweight star Jaron Ennis (27–0, 25 KOs) can be a compelling struggle for each males. Regarding Ugas, it could be an attention-grabbing check as a champion to tackle the undefeated fighter in Ennis, who’s longing for a world title shot.
Ugas vs. Ennis would signify the theme of the veteran champion vs. an ascending prospect. For Ugas, taking up the younger Ennis can be difficult, however the struggle can be an all-out entertaining conflict between two robust orthodox stance boxers.
A matchup in opposition to the previous “tremendous” WBA welterweight titlist in Keith Thurman (29–1, 22 KOs) shows a reliable welterweight matchup between two veteran fighters.
Though Thurman is coming off a loss and two-year layoff from the game, Ugas vs. Thurman is a stable struggle between top-10 welterweights within the division. To not point out, the winner of a struggle between Ugas and Thurman manifests one other credible identify on his resume. For Ugas, it could be the most important win of his profession if he’s victorious.
A welterweight unification with the present WBO welterweight champion and Omaha native in Terence Crawford (37–0, 28 KOs) must be prioritized for Ugas for a possibility to unify the division.
Since Pacquiao vs. Spence has been introduced for August 21, 2021, with the WBC and IBF welterweight world titles on the road, a struggle between Ugas and Crawford ought to occur, with the winner of each fights preventing for the undisputed 147 titles by the fourth quarter of 2021 or early 2022.
Regarding Ugas, a matchup with Crawford shows the notion of the Cuban brawler vs. the American switch-hitter. Nevertheless, the first issue of this struggle occurring is pending since Ugas is aligned with Premier Boxing Champions, and Crawford is signed with Prime Rank Boxing.
If this unification unfolds, the winner will transfer on for larger and higher issues with a clearer path in direction of an undisputed showdown with the winner of Pacquiao vs. Spence.
General, it has been a persistent path for Ugas. Regardless of the controversies and defeats on his report, Ugas is ready to defend his title as his subsequent struggle looms forward.