Yordenis Ugás Hernández is a professional boxer from Cuba whose fight name is 54 Milagros. He is 5’9″ tall and he competes in the welterweight and light welterweight divisions.
As an amateur boxer, Ugas became a U17 (cadets) world champion in 2003. He lost to Amir Khan at the junior championships in 2004.
Fighting in the lightweight division, he won silver at the 2005 Boxing World Cup in Moscow, Russia in July 2005 and gold in the lightweight division at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Mianyang, China in November 2005. Also in the lightweight division, he won gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia in July 2006 and another gold at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2007.
Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Ugas made his professional boxing debut in 2010. Here are 13 more things about him:
- Representing Cuba, he won bronze in boxing in the lightweight division at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China in August 2008.
- He unsuccessfully tried to defect times and was jailed after each failure before relocating from Santiago de Cuba to the Miami, Florida, United States in 2010. In the same year, he made his professional boxing debut in the U.S. and defeated five opponents namely Dino Dumonjic, DeJuan Jackson and Marqus Jackson, Anthony Adams of the U.S. and Anthony Woods of the Bahamas.
- In 2011, he defeated Carlos Musquez, Kenny Abril, Fernando Rodriguez and Rynell Griffin of the U.S. and Carlos Garcia Hernandez of Puerto Rico.
- In 2012, he defeated Esteban Almaraz and Dedrick Bell of the U.S. and Cosme Rivera of Mexico but lost to Johnny Garcia, which marked his first professional boxing loss.
- In 2013, he defeated Adan Hernandez and John Williams of the U.S.
- In 2014, he lost to Emmanuel Robles of the U.S. when they competed for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino Interim Super Lightweight belt then lost to Amir Ahmed Imam of the U.S.
- In 2015, his son Yordenis Ugas Jr. was born. He did not have boxing fight that year.
- In 2016, he defeated Bryant Perrella and Jamal James of the U.S.
- In 2017, he defeated Levan Ghvamichava of Georgia, Nelson Lara of Nicaragua and Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico.
- In 2018, he defeated Ray Robinson of the U.S., Jonathan Batista of the Dominican Republic and Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo of Argentina.
- On March 9, 2019, he lost to Shawn Porter of the U.S. via split decision when they competed for the WBC welterweight title in Carson, California, USA. On July 20, 2019, he defeated Omar Figueroa Jr. of the U.S. via unanimous decision in Paradise, Nevada, USA.
- On February 1, 2020, he defeated Mike Dallas of the U.S. via retirement in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. On September 6, 2020, he became the new World Boxing Association (WBA) (Regular) Welterweight Champion by defeating Abel Ramos of the U.S. via split decision in Los Angeles, California.
- On January 29, 2021, he was promoted as the WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion, a title held by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines from July 20, 2019 to January 29, 2021. He successfully defended the title from Pacquiao in Paradise on August 21, 2021 by defeating his Filipino challenger via unanimous decision.