Former WBA welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugas lost his unification bout against Errol Spence on April 16, but he should not be counted out for winning another world title.
Ugas (27-5, 12 KOs) suffered a 10th-round TKO loss to Spence at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He sustained a fractured orbital in the defeat. The Texas Combative Sports Program suspended Ugas indefinitely following the eye injury.
He competed to the best of his abilities and even hurt Spence in the sixth round when Spence went to retrieve his dislodged mouthguard. Unfortunately for Ugas, he had trouble dealing with Spence’s uppercut and combinations. Had it not been for the doctor advising the referee, Laurence Cole, to stop the fight, Ugas would have continued.
Even when Ugas is losing a fight to elite fighters like Spence, he cannot be counted out. He earned Spence’s respect with his power and boxing skills.
In Showtime’s All Access Epilogue of the fight, one of his trainers consoled him after the fight. “You shouldn’t be ashamed of your face, you should be proud. You behaved like a true warrior today and I am proud of you.”
Ugas showed his warrior spirit and never quit when he could only see out of one eye. It will be quite some time before he enters the ring again, but he has the ability to win another championship.
— Yordenis Ugas (@YordenisUgas) April 27, 2022
With Terence Crawford and Spence likely to meet for all four titles later in the year, Ugas could compete in a title eliminator fight and work his way back into the title picture.
There is a chance that Crawford and Spence could move up to the super welterweight division in the near future. If that happens, it would open the door for Ugas to stake his claim in the division once again. Ugas is a boxing tactician and he will be able to learn from his mistakes in the Spence fight and improve. At 35 years old, Ugas still has time left in his career to make another run at a welterweight world title.