Ugas to defend 147-pound title in opposition to Maidana


Manny Pacquiao’s battle with Errol Spence Jr. will not be the one welterweight title battle on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas.

Yordenis Ugas will defend his 147-pound title in opposition to Fabian Maidana within the chief-support bout on Fox pay-per-view, a number of sources inform ESPN. The opposite two matchups on the cardboard: a battle between former 147-pound champions Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz, together with a 126-pound bout pitting Mark Magsayo vs. Julio Ceja, sources mentioned.

Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) gained the vacant WBA title with a decision-victory over Abel Ramos in September, nevertheless it was for the secondary model. The Panama Metropolis-based group is infamous for having two (and in some instances, three and even 4) champions in the identical division, so it was broadly anticipated Pacquiao could be reinstated as champion forward of his battle with Spence.

However in a shock transfer, the WBA earlier this month rejected Pacquiao’s petition to be acknowledged as champion, a title the longer term Corridor-of-Famer gained from Keith Thurman in 2019. Ugas, ESPN’s No. 6 welterweight, will make his first protection in opposition to the brother of Marcos Maidana.

Marcos Maidana, after all, is greatest recognized for 2 PPV fights with Floyd Mayweather, but additionally for his ferocious in-ring fashion that included a win over Adrien Broner and a loss to Amir Khan within the 2010 battle of the yr.

Fabian Maidana (18-1, 13 KOs) is not well-known and can be a large underdog in opposition to Ugas.

The 29-year-old Argentine can be difficult for his first title. Ugas has a deep resume as each an newbie and a professional. The 35-year-old dropped a controversial choice to Shawn Porter in a 2019 title battle, however personal wins over Thomas Dulorme, Ray Robinson and Jamal James.

The Cuban gained Olympic bronze in 2008 and now lives in Miami. Within the third welterweight battle on the PPV, former 147-pound champions Guerrero and Ortiz will meet in a bout between two boxers nearing retirement. Each retired as soon as already solely to return.

And like Maidana, they each misplaced to Mayweather. Guerrero, 38, has gained three fights in opposition to journeymen since struggling three consecutive losses. The Bay Space, California, native is a former three-division champion who possesses an aggressive fashion.

Guererro (36-6-1, 20 KOs) hasn’t competed since September 2019. It has been a good longer layoff for Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs). The 34-year-old was final within the ring in February 2018 when he settled for a draw with Devon Alexander. The Southern Californian hasn’t scored a significant win since he claimed the title with a 2011 victory over Andre Berto.

Magsayo (22-0, 15 KOs) is promoted by Pacquiao and is stepping approach up in competitors. A win over Ceja, a former 122-pound champion, ought to push the 26-year-old Filipino nearer to the brink of a top-10 rating at featherweight.

Ceja (32-4-1, 28 KOs) is coming off a draw with present 122-pound champion Brandon Figueroa. The 28-year-old Mexican was stopped by Guillermo Rigondeaux within the prior bout.

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