Yordenis Ugás Hernández (born 14 July 1986) is a Cuban professional boxer who has held the WBA (Super) welterweight title since January 2021, having previously held the WBA (Regular) title from 2020 until being elevated to Super champion. He also challenged for the WBC welterweight title in 2019. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the 2005 World Championships and bronze at the 2008 Olympics, both in the lightweight division. As of November 2020, he is ranked as the world's fifth best active welterweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and seventh by The Ring magazine and BoxRec.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Born||14 July 1986|
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
|Wins by KO||12|
Ugás was U17 (cadets) world champion in 2003 but lost at the junior championships in 2004 to Amir Khan. On other occasions he lost twice to countryman Luis Franco at featherweight, he finished third at the nationals 2004 at featherweight.
In 2005 he moved up to lightweight where he was more successful, winning the Cuban Championships from 2005 to 2008 and turning into a star. He won a tournament called PanAm Championships (not the PanAm Games) in 2005, however in other tournaments he lost twice to Kazach southpaw Serik Sapiyev.
At the Senior World Championships 2005 he suffered two heavy knockdowns against Canadian southpaw Ibrahim Kamal in his third fight but managed to win. The Manila Times writes: "But for two fleeting moments Thursday, unheralded Canadian lightweight Ibrahim Kamal showed the world that the Cubans, arguably the number-one force in amateur boxing, may have jaws of glass after all. The University of Toronto student knocked down Yordanis Ugás in the first and second rounds with two sledgehammer lefts to the side of the chin. But then the Canadian southpaw hurt one knee as he and Ugás wrestled each other to the floor on the third round, leaving him effectively fighting on one leg." Later Ugás beat Russian Khabib Allakhverdiyev and in the final he outfought Romal Amanov from Azerbaijan. Cubanet.org writes "Yordenis Ugás, a sharp, technically accomplished fighter but with a suspect jaw, won the lightweight gold for Cuba after an explosive toe-to-toe clash with Romal Amanov of Azerbaijan." It describes him as "a tall, bony lightweight with a deceptively languid fighting style."
In 2006 he won the Central American Championships.
In 2007 he beat Yordan Frometa and Roniel Iglesias at the national championships. Later that year Ugás won the PanAm Games in Rio beating Darleys Pérez and Everton Lopes. Cuba didn't participate in the World Championships in Chicago.
In 2008 he defended the national championships against old foe Luis Franco and won his Olympic qualifier. In Beijing he was upset in the semifinal by Frenchman Daouda Sow.
In 2009 he went up to junior welterweight beating Roniel Iglesias in the national final.
In March 2010, Ugás moved to the United States in the hope of beginning a professional career. On July 9, 2010, he made his pro debut.
- 2008 in Beijing, China (as a lightweight)
- 2005 in Moscow, Russia (as a lightweight)
Cuban National ChampionshipEdit
- 2003 (featherweight)
- 2004 (featherweight)
- 2005 (lightweight)
- 2006 (lightweight)
- 2007 (lightweight)
- 2008 (lightweight)
On 9 March 2019, Ugás fought his first career title fight against Shawn Porter for the WBC welterweight title. Ugás fought great and landed the cleaner shots throughout the fight. Porter had some success with his jab in the fourth round, but Ugás was the better man in the following round, after both fighters exchanged shots in the middle of the ring towards the end of the fifth. Ugás also had a stronger finish to the fight, and managed to cut Porter near his left eye in the tenth. After the final bell rang, Ugás' team already started celebrating, while Porter just stood and looked at his corner. To many of the fans' surprise, two of the judges scored the fight in favor of Porter, 116-112 and 115–113, while only one of the judges scored the fight in favor of Ugás, 117–111. The crowd was booing what seemed to many as a controversial split decision win for Porter.
In his next fight, Ugás dominated former world champion Omar Figueroa to a unanimous decision win, winning every round in the process. All three judges scored the fight 119-107 for the Cuban, who only had one point deducted for holding in the fifth round.
In his following fight, Ugás fought Mike Dallas Jr. Ugás boxed well and managed to hurt Dallas Jr on multiple occasions. After the seventh round, Dallas Jr's corner had seen enough and informed the referee he would not be continuing the fight.
WBA welterweight championEdit
Ugás vs. RamosEdit
On 6 September 2020, Ugás fought Abel Ramos for the vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight title. Ugás outboxed Ramos, dominating most of the rounds throughout the fight. This earned Ugás a split decision victory, with one judge scoring the fight 117-111 for Ramos, while the other two had it narrowly for Ugás, both scoring it 115–113.
Ugás vs. PacquiaoEdit
On January 29, 2021, Ugás was elevated to the status of WBA (Super) champion after the previous title-holder, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, was stripped of his title due to inactivity. The latter had been scheduled to face undefeated WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. on 21 August 2021 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, until Spence had to withdraw due to suffering an injury to his left eye. Subsequently, Ugás took Spence's place, and made the first defense of his WBA (Super) title against Pacquiao.
The bout was a competitive affair, with Ugás using his jab and looping right hand effectively to control the distance. While Pacquiao had moments of success throughout the night, he never truly settled into a rhythm and was noticeably stiffer than usual, not showcasing the deft footwork that he has been known for throughout his career. Pacquiao himself admitted after the fight that his legs were "tight". At the final bell, Ugás was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scores of 116–112, 116-112 and 115–113. According to CompuBox, Pacquiao threw over double the number of punches compared to Ugás, but landed fewer, making the latter the far more accurate boxer on the night. Pacquiao landed 130 punches of 815 thrown (16%), while Ugás landed 151 punches of 405 thrown (37.3%).
Professional boxing recordEdit
|31 fights||27 wins||4 losses|
|31||Win||27–4||Manny Pacquiao||UD||12||21 Aug 2021||T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA (Super) welterweight title|
|30||Win||26–4||Abel Ramos||SD||12||6 Sep 2020||Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight title|
|29||Win||25–4||Mike Dallas Jr.||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||1 Feb 2020||Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|28||Win||24–4||Omar Figueroa Jr.||UD||12||20 Jul 2019||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|27||Loss||23–4||Shawn Porter||SD||12||9 Mar 2019||Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S.||For WBC welterweight title|
|26||Win||23–3||Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo||UD||12||8 Sep 2018||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|25||Win||22–3||Jonathan Batista||TKO||2 (8), 1:16||16 Jun 2018||The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S.|
|24||Win||21–3||Ray Robinson||TKO||7 (12), 1:05||17 Feb 2018||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|23||Win||20–3||Thomas Dulorme||UD||10||26 Aug 2017||T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|22||Win||19–3||Nelson Lara||TKO||2 (10), 0:53||25 Apr 2017||Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|21||Win||18–3||Levan Ghvamichava||SD||10||2 Feb 2017||Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|20||Win||17–3||Bryant Perrella||TKO||4 (10), 2:20||27 Sep 2016||Buffalo Thunder Casino, Pojoaque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|19||Win||16–3||Jamal James||UD||10||12 Aug 2016||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.|
|18||Loss||15–3||Amir Imam||UD||8||10 May 2014||USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|17||Loss||15–2||Emmanuel Robles||SD||10||28 Feb 2014||Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, California, U.S.||For WBC Latino interim super lightweight title|
|16||Win||15–1||John Williams||UD||10||17 Aug 2013||Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|15||Win||14–1||Adan Hernandez||KO||1 (10), 0:40||27 Jun 2013||The Deck, Essington, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|14||Win||13–1||Cosme Rivera||UD||10||7 Dec 2012||Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.|
|13||Win||12–1||Dedrick Bell||KO||3 (6), 0:46||10 Nov 2012||River Edge, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|12||Loss||11–1||Johnny Garcia||SD||8||23 Mar 2012||Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Esteban Almaraz||UD||8||13 Jan 2012||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Rynell Griffin||TKO||2 (6)||29 Oct 2011||WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Fernando Rodriguez||UD||6||13 Aug 2011||Bally's Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Kenny Abril||UD||6||25 Jun 2011||South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Carlos Garcia Hernandez||TKO||6 (6), 1:05||16 Apr 2011||Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|6||Win||6–0||Carlos Musquez||UD||6||19 Feb 2011||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Anthony Woods||UD||4||19 Oct 2010||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Anthony Adams||TKO||1 (4), 1:37||24 Sep 2010||Paragon Casino, Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Marqus Jackson||TKO||2 (4), 1:23||18 Aug 2010||Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||DeJuan Jackson||KO||1 (4), 1:22||30 Jul 2010||Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Dino Dumonjic||UD||4||9 Jul 2010||Club Europe, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
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