Yordenis Ugás - Updated Feb 2024

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Yordenis Ugás

Yordenis Ugás is a Cuban professional boxer. Yordenis Ugás held the WBA (Super) welterweight title from January 2021 to April 2022. Likewise, he became the eighth-best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec.

Early Life

Yordenis Ugás was born on the 14th of July, 1986, in Santiago de Cuba. He is Cuban and his ethnicity is African. Ugas is Christian. Likewise, his full name is Yordenis Ugás Hernández. His mother’s name is Milagros. As of now, he is 37 years old.

He is very private, there is no information or details on his parents, siblings, and early childhood. He started boxing at a young age. There is no information or details on his educational background.

Ugas and his mom

Caption: Yordenis Ugás and his mom Milagros Source: Twitter

Amateur Career

In 2003, he was the U17 world champion but he lost against Amir Khan at the junior championships in 2004. On other occasions, he lost two times against his count countryman Luis Franco at featherweight and finished 3rd in the nationals 2004 at featherweight.

He moved to lightweight in 2005 where he got more success as he won the Cuban Championships from 2005 to 2008.

Yordenis also won the tournament called PanAm Championships (not the PanAm Games) in 2005. He also suffered a loss two times against Kazach southpaw Serik Sapiyev in 2005.

In 2006, he was part of the Cuban national team which won the 2006 Boxing World Cup and he also won the Central American Championships that year.

Ugas won against Yordan Frometa and Roniel Iglesias at the national championships in 2007. He also won the PanAm Games in Rio beating Darleys Pérez and Everton Lopes later that year.

He then defended against old foe Luis Franco in the national championships and won the Olympic qualifier. Frenchman Daouda Sow defeated him in the semifinal in Beijing. After he moved to junior welterweight, he faced and defeated Roniel Iglesias in the national final.

Body Measurements

Yordenis Ugás has a height of 5 ft 9 inches and he weighs 66 kg. Yordenis is bald and his eyes are black. He also has an arm reach of 73 inches.

Personal Life

Ugas is engaged with Dayanara. There is no information or detail on how the couple met. He also has a son named Jordenis Ugas. It is not sure if the child’s mother is Dayanara.

Ugas is very private about his personal life. There is also no information or detail on his past relationships.

Ugas and his son

Caption: Ugas and his son Jordenis Ugas Source: Twitter

Professional Career

Ugas moved to the USA in March 2010 in the hope of becoming a professional boxer. He made his pro debut on July 9, 2010.

He had his first career title fight against Shawn Porter for the WBC welterweight title on March 9, 2019. Ugas was dominant in most of the fight. He started to celebrate after the match while Porter just stood still.

However, he lost the match after two of the judges the fight in favor of Porter, 116-112 and 115–113 while only one of them scored the fight in his favor.

The match was seen as a controversial split-decision win for Porter as the crowd booed the match’s result. He then faced former world champion, Omar Figueroa in his next match. He dominated the match and won unanimously.

Ugas fought against Abel Ramos for the vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight title on September 6, 2020. He dominated most of the fight and won the fight in a split decision.

He was then elevated to the status of WBA (Super) champion. Manny Pacquiao was stripped of the title due to inactivity.

Manny was scheduled to face undefeated WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 21, 2021, but he had to withdraw from the fight after suffering an injury to his left eye.

He replaced Spence Jr. and had the first defense of his WBA (Super) title against Pacquiao. The fight was quite competitive but Ugas dominated the bout and won via unanimous decision.

Ugas vs Errol Spence Jr.

After he defended his title against Manny, he petitioned the WBA for a special permit to avoid a mandatory defense against Eimantas Stanionis to face Errol Spence Jr., the IBF and WBC champion, in a title unification bout.

As a result, Ugás and Stanionis were given 30 days to negotiate the terms of their fight.

Due to their inability to reach an agreement, a purse bid was ordered for December 9 with a minimum bid of $200,000. As the reigning champion, the winning bid would be split 75/25 in favor of Ugas.

WBA President Gilberto J. Mendoza said that the Spence-Ugas deal was accepted because Stanionis was willing to stand down on December 19, 2021.

On February 8, 2022, the unification match was officially announced. The fight was scheduled to headline a pay-per-view card on April 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Showtime was in charge of the PPV distribution. In the tenth round, he lost the match via TKO.

The fight was stopped by the refs on the advice of the ringside physician, due to Ugas’ severely swollen right eye. At the time of the stoppage, he was losing on all three judges’ scorecards, with scores of 88–82, 88–82, and 88–83.

He also added fewer total punches (216 to 96) and fewer power punches (192 to 77) compared to Spencer Jr.

Ugas and Manny after the match

Caption: Ugas and Manny after the bout Source: Twitter

Ugas – Social Media

Yordenis Ugás is quite active on social media. He has an Instagram account with 250k followers. He also has a Twitter account with 27.6k followers. Yordenis often posts about his family, friends, and boxing.

Ugas – Net Worth 2023

Ugas earned his wealth from a successful boxing career. He has a record of 27 wins and 5 losses in his professional boxing career. Ugas has a total net worth of 15 Million.