Report- Yordenis Ugas Purse Bid With Stanionis Ordered
Off his career defining upset of future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao, WBA World Welterweight champ Yordenis Ugas has been trying to figure out his next bout. Now, whether he likes it or not, Ugas has apparently been told his next opponent for early 2022.
Boxing insider Dan Rafael reported Thursday evening on social media that Ugas, fresh off his 12 round unanimous decision upset of Pacquiao in August, will be headed to a WBA purse bid with new top contender Eimantas Stanionis,
WBA notified Yordenis Ugas & Eimantas Stanionis a purse bid is scheduled for their welterweight title fight Dec. 9 in Miami. Minimum bid is $200k. Split is 75-25 in Ugas favor. Winner has to fight Butaev. #boxing
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) November 25, 2021
First, as we have often seen, the ordering of the purse bid is a formality and sets a deadline for the champion and the top challenger to agree before the bid to fight each other. And, further, since Premier Boxing Champions controls both fighters, it’s believed that they will work the deal out before December December 9th.
Another, tactic in this is either or both side telling the world organization that they are “close to a deal” and the deadline is usually extended. That could very well happen here, as well.
This is in part because PBC may work out a separate deal with Stanionis for him to “step aside” and allow Ugas to fight someone else. The speculation is that fighter is Unified 147 lb. champ Errol Spence, who owns the WBC and IBF world titles.
The unbeaten Spence, who is still recovering from eye surgery and had to pull out of his bout with Pacquiao in the first place, will reportedly be cleared to begin full training in early 2022 and would likely be available to fight again by March or April.
That allowed the Cuban born Ugas, now 27-4, to slide into Spence’s place to fight Pacquiao. A bout that he dominated throughout with a long left jab and hard right hands repeatedly scoring and backing up the former eight division world champ.
Back in August the 13-0 Stanionis fought 40 year old veteran Luis Collazo on a PBC card. Clearly, the Lithuanian was dominating landing big right hands on the slower Collazo throughout the first three rounds. Collazo, a former WBA World Welterweight champ in the early 2010’s, was game, taking punishment, and even occasionally landing combos of his own.
Eventually, there was an accidental clash of heads in round four cutting Collazo and rendering the fight a “no contest.” Still, Stanionis is an unbeaten, hard punching contender and would make for an intriguing bout with Ugas, early next year.
And now, we wait for the next moves the sides, PBC and whether the ordering of the purse bid stays firm or moves for the reasons above.