Yordenis Ugás

Yordenis Ugás
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Nickname(s)54 Milagros
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
Reach69 in (175 cm)[1]
Born (1986-07-14) 14 July 1986 (age 35)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins by KO12
Medal record
Representing  Cuba
Men's amateur boxing
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Lightweight
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Cartagena Lightweight
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio Lightweight
Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Teresopolis Lightweight
Silver medal – second place 2008 Cuenca Lightweight
Strandzha Cup
Silver medal – second place 2008 Plovdiv Lightweight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Mianyang Lightweight
World Cadet Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Bucharest Lightweight
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2005 Moscow Lightweight
Gold medal – first place 2006 Baku Lightweight

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,[2] and seventh by The Ring magazine[3] and BoxRec.[4]

Ugas' nickname, 54 Milagros, comes from two people: "54" refers to baseball player Aroldis Chapman who wears the number 54, and is Ugas' best friend; "Milagros" is the name of Ugas' mother.[5]

Amateur career

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.

He was part of the Cuban team that won the 2006 Boxing World Cup.[6]

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.

Ugás moved to North Bergen, New Jersey in 2012.[7]

Olympic games

World Championships

World Cup

Cuban National Championship

Professional career

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

WBA welterweight champion

Ugás vs. Ramos

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.[11]

Ugás vs. Pacquiao

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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%).[15]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
31 fights 27 wins 4 losses
By knockout 12 0
By decision 15 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
31 Win 27–4 Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 21 Aug 2021 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) welterweight title
30 Win 26–4 United States Abel Ramos SD 12 6 Sep 2020 United States Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight title
29 Win 25–4 United States Mike Dallas Jr. RTD 7 (12), 3:00 1 Feb 2020 United States Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
28 Win 24–4 United States Omar Figueroa Jr. UD 12 20 Jul 2019 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
27 Loss 23–4 United States Shawn Porter SD 12 9 Mar 2019 United States Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S. For WBC welterweight title
26 Win 23–3 Argentina Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo UD 12 8 Sep 2018 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
25 Win 22–3 Dominican Republic Jonathan Batista TKO 2 (8), 1:16 16 Jun 2018 United States The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S.
24 Win 21–3 United States Ray Robinson TKO 7 (12), 1:05 17 Feb 2018 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
23 Win 20–3 Puerto Rico Thomas Dulorme UD 10 26 Aug 2017 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
22 Win 19–3 Nicaragua Nelson Lara TKO 2 (10), 0:53 25 Apr 2017 United States Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
21 Win 18–3 Georgia (country) Levan Ghvamichava SD 10 2 Feb 2017 United States Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
20 Win 17–3 United States Bryant Perrella TKO 4 (10), 2:20 27 Sep 2016 United States Buffalo Thunder Casino, Pojoaque, New Mexico, U.S.
19 Win 16–3 United States Jamal James UD 10 12 Aug 2016 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
18 Loss 15–3 United States Amir Imam UD 8 10 May 2014 United States USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
17 Loss 15–2 United States Emmanuel Robles SD 10 28 Feb 2014 United States Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, California, U.S. For WBC Latino interim super lightweight title
16 Win 15–1 United States John Williams UD 10 17 Aug 2013 United States Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 14–1 United States Adan Hernandez KO 1 (10), 0:40 27 Jun 2013 United States The Deck, Essington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
14 Win 13–1 Mexico Cosme Rivera UD 10 7 Dec 2012 United States Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
13 Win 12–1 United States Dedrick Bell KO 3 (6), 0:46 10 Nov 2012 United States River Edge, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
12 Loss 11–1 United States Johnny Garcia SD 8 23 Mar 2012 United States Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Esteban Almaraz UD 8 13 Jan 2012 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Rynell Griffin TKO 2 (6) 29 Oct 2011 United States WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Fernando Rodriguez UD 6 13 Aug 2011 United States Bally's Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Kenny Abril UD 6 25 Jun 2011 United States South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Garcia Hernandez TKO 6 (6), 1:05 16 Apr 2011 Puerto Rico Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
6 Win 6–0 United States Carlos Musquez UD 6 19 Feb 2011 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 The Bahamas Anthony Woods UD 4 19 Oct 2010 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Anthony Adams TKO 1 (4), 1:37 24 Sep 2010 United States Paragon Casino, Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Marqus Jackson TKO 2 (4), 1:23 18 Aug 2010 United States Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States DeJuan Jackson KO 1 (4), 1:22 30 Jul 2010 United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Dino Dumonjic UD 4 9 Jul 2010 United States Club Europe, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.


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  2. ^ "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". TBRB. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  3. ^ "The Ring welterweight ratings". The Ring. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  4. ^ "BoxRec: Welterweight ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  5. ^ http://philboxing.com/news/story-158068.html
  6. ^ http://rusboxing.ru/news.php?readmore=223[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Hague, Jim. "Cuban refugee boxer Ugas meets hero MenendezNorth Bergen resident gets chance to talk with fellow Cuban and U.S. Senator Menendez" Archived 2018-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, Hudson Reporter, August 11, 2013. Accessed January 1, 2015. "'In order to become a
  8. ^ "Shawn Porter retains title with lopsided split decision over Yordenis Ugas". The Ring. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  9. ^ Christ, Scott (20 July 2019). "Yordenis Ugas dominates Omar Figueroa Jr over 12 rounds". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Yordenis Ugas stops Mike Dallas Jr, keeps in motion to snag buzz-y fight at 147". The Ring. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  11. ^ Christ, Scott (6 September 2020). "Yordenis Ugas outclasses Abel Ramos, judges give him split decision". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Manny Pacquiao Stripped Of WBA Title, Ugas Elevated To New Champion — Boxing News". www.boxing247.com. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Errol Spence Jr. withdraws from Manny Pacquiao fight with torn retina; Yordenis Ugas steps in to face 'Pac-Man' He will ultimately lose the fight but it was close.| DAZN News Global". DAZN. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  14. ^ Christ, Scott (22 August 2021). "Should Manny Pacquiao retire following his loss to Yordenis Ugas?". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  15. ^ CompuBox. "Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas - CompuBox Punch Stats". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 22 August 2021.

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Alexander Besputin
WBA welterweight champion
Regular title

6 September 2020 – 29 January 2021
Title next held by
Jamal James
Preceded by
Manny Pacquiao
Status changed
WBA welterweight champion
Super title

29 January 2021 – present


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