We have a welterweight title eliminator set up by the World Boxing Association (WBA), as Yordenis Ugas will now take on Abel Ramos for a “regular” title. This announcement was made official on Sunday at the sanctioning bodies list of activities done during the 99th annual WBA convention.
I know what you’re thinking: “another WBA “regular” title bout?” Tell me this one is actually for something? Well, this most recent order for this bout made up for once actually is.
The 33-year-old Ugas (25-4, 12KOs) will take on fellow Premier Boxing Champion (PBC) stablemate Ramos (26-3-2, 20KOs) for the secondary title at welterweight. Ugas was already slated to challenge for the belt anyway, as he was the number one contender, but the winner of this matchup now will take on Radzhab Butaev (12-1*, 9KOs) afterward as well,
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 6, 2020
All of this came about as well as that asterisk on Butaev’s record as the lone loss came against Alexander Besputin last November. Besputin was stripped of this same very belt once his “B’ sample tested positive for the banned substance Ligandrol. So, while Butaev is still waiting for the reversal of that lone loss, we get this fight tree that will play out for it.
Ramos himself was last seen stopping Bryant Perrella back in February and by all accounts was looking a majority decision loss in the face. That was until Ramos landed a knockdown a minute left in the final round and was able to secure a stopping with seconds left in the fight to secure the win.
COMEBACK WIN! 😳
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) February 16, 2020
Ugas was last seen in the ring in February before the pandemic battering around Mike Dallas Jr. for seven rounds before Dallas’s corner decided to end the one-way traffic mercifully. As PBC hasn’t set up any fights yet and the current timetable is looking like August, we’ll wait and see when this takes place. I was hoping that Ugas would get a crack at Terence Crawford once all of this filtered out, thus effectively barring money doing some talking, takes that option off the board.