Yordenis Ugas is a name at welterweight that when they talk about possible matchups seems to be lost in the sauce of conversations. Ugas (25-4, 12 KOs) is coming one-sided victories of Mike Dallas Jr. and Omar Fugueroa Jr. If it weren’t for a debatable decision last year to Shawn Porter, we would have his name come up more in a possible contest for Terence Crawford.
Ugas speaking with Fighthype recently put the notice out there that he still has that amateur victory against Crawford and would like to beat him again in the professional ranks and his current situation during this pandemic.
[VIDEO] YORDENIS UGAS PUTS SPENCE AND PACQUIAO ON NOTICE; REMINDS CRAWFORD ABOUT AMATEUR WIN AND PORTER ROBBERY https://t.co/pLnWVf8pOs
— FIGHTHYPE.COM (@fighthype) May 2, 2020
“(Ugas) has been training nonstop, and once everything is back to normal, he’ll train harder,” Ugas said via an interpreter to Fighthype.
“I’ll fight Terence (Bud) Crawford. I think I can win that fight.” Ugas said.
Ugas hold the distinction of beating Crawford with a 26-10 points victory back in 2007 at the Semi-Final of the 1st Pan American Games qualifier. Ugas would go on to win Gold in that tournament over Éverton Lopes.
While Crawford is still looking for an opponent next to take on once the pandemic ends, more and more Ugas taking him on would make more sense if he can “cross the street” and challenge someone on the Premier Boxing Champions at 147. This conversation comes off the heels of a week where we learned that the matchup everyone wants between Errol Spence Jr. is going to be pushed back as Spence is still undergoing mouth surgery from his car accident he suffered last November.
The talks of Crawford taking on Shawn Porter yesterday seems to have hit the section of Top Rank CEO Bob Arum section of “no one wants it” in an interview that hit Boxingscene.com on Friday.
“I’m happy that Shawn and Terence wanna sit and talk about a fight,” Arum told Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com. “But, you know, that’s the first step. The second step is how in the hell do you afford the fight? And how do you put it on?”
“Obviously, I don’t do the fighting, Terence does,” Arum said. “I like Shawn Porter, but he’s not my fighter. If Terence wants to do that fight, I’ll do my best to see it happen. But again, wanting a fight, even when both fighters want it, the question is who’s gonna pay for it? And that’s a whole, big problem. You certainly couldn’t do that fight without an audience.
Crawford has already come out and stated that he would ant his next fight to be in front of fans like countless other top fighters, and Porter, who was last seen in the ring on pay-per-view against Spence, wouldn’t take a pay cut likely to take on one of his friends. Everyone knows, and Arum does as well.
So how about Ugas next then? Ugas mentioned to Fighthype that he was unsure of who he’d face next as the pandemic stopped that. With that in mind, Crawford is uncertain about who his next challenger is as well, with names as Keli Brook and Patrick Teixeira being floated around.
I’d rather have Ugas if those two are on the shortlist.