Manny Pacquiao to face Cuban champion Yordenis Ugas after Spence withdrawal
The highly anticipated game between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. suffered a major setback after the American boxer failed an eye exam during a routine pre-fight exam, a shock development that forced Yordenis Ugas to step in for the August 21 centerpiece. in Las Vegas.
A medical exam ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission found that Spence had a retinal tear in his left eye just under two weeks before his fight with Pacquiao at T-Mobile Arena.
Instead, the Filipino boxing legend will take on Ugas, the WBA welterweight super champion who was supposed to defend his title against Fabian Maidana, who also reportedly suffered an injury related to his eye on Monday August 9 in the pay-per undercard. -see the event.
Reports arrived from renowned international boxing writers and early boxing champions early Wednesday morning, August 11, in Manila.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to fight Manny Pacquiao on August 21st. I was excited about the fight and the event. Unfortunately, the doctors found a tear in my left eye and told me I needed surgery ASAP and there was no way I could fight my eye problem ” , said Spence, the reigning unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion.
Spence, who holds an unblemished record of 27 wins out of 21 KOs, made his last in-ring appearance in December 2020 against Danny Garcia while Pacquiao, 42, has 62 wins in addition to 39 KOs, seven losses and two draws. under his orders. Name.
The undefeated American boxer later shared his feelings on Twitter and revealed that he had his eye checked by three medics and all were positive for him and added that he would return soon to face the winner between Pacquiao and Ugas “for sure”.
Spence, 31, added that “I’m back from the worst,” perhaps citing his survival after the fatal car crash of October 2019.
For his part, Pacquiao, 42, also made it short but sweet on Twitter and said, “I pray for a full and complete recovery for @ErrolSpenceJr.”
Pacquiao, quoted by Dan Rafael in his article, added: “Thank goodness his physical exam found his eye condition before he suffered further damage. I agreed to fight Yordenis Ugas on August 21 for the WBA Super Welterweight Championship. The right way and the only way to win a world title is inside the ring.
The unexpected turn of events has changed boxing intrigue as Ugas is on the verge of defending the super WBA title formerly held by Pacquiao.
The Filipino fighter senator was stripped of his belt last January due to the inactivity of the WBA initially naming him “champion on vacation” before declining Pacquiao’s call for his reinstatement in July, which raised Ugas from “regular” to “super” champion.
Pacquiao, the only eight-division boxing world champion, won the belt after beating Keith Thurman in July 2019.
Two years later, Pacquiao, unfazed by the hiatus and ring rust, was ready to take on Spence, picking him from WBO welterweight king Terence Crawford Jr., Mikey Garcia and Ryan Garcia, among others, only to be encountered with the development of shock.
Meanwhile, Ugas, who holds a 26-4 record, last played in September 2020, the latest coming from a split decision victory over Abel Ramos.
“It is an honor to face the great multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao because I am more than ready to take on this challenge,” said Ugas, 35, former 2005 amateur boxing world champion and medalist. bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“I have enormous respect for Pacquiao, but I’m coming to win this fight. I’ve worked hard at camp with my trainer Ismael Salas and I know that together we will come up with a masterful game plan to fight whatever Manny will bring in the ring. I wish Errol Spence Jr. a speedy recovery and I want to assure the fans that I will be at my best for this fight.
“Everyone knows my story of how I came to America to pursue my dreams of becoming a world champion, and now it’s time to mark my legacy with a victory as one of the best Cuban fighters to have. never put on a pair of gloves. I love my country and I want to dedicate this fight to all the men and women who fight for freedom, ”added 5ft 9in Ugas, who has the height and advantage over 5ft 6in Pacquiao.
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