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Yordenis Ugas decisions Manny Pacquiao at ‘The Legend vs The Olympian’ in Paradise, Nevada

Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugás, 35, of Miami, Florida, United States is still undefeated. The Cuban-American fighter recently earned his 27th win as a professional boxer.

On September 6, 2020, Ugas became the new World Boxing Association (WBA) (Regular) Welterweight Champion by defeating Abel Ramos, 30, of Casa Grande, Arizona, USA via split decision at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. On January 29, 2021, the Miami resident was promoted as the WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion, a title held by Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, 42, of General Santos City, Philippines from July 20, 2019 to January 29, 2021.

On August 21, 2021, Ugas and Pacquiao headlined “The Legend vs The Olympian” at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Clark County, Nevada, USA. The Filipino boxing legend challenged the reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion.

Russell Mora served as the referee of the WBA title bout. Patricia Morse Jarman, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld were the judges.

After 12 rounds, Jarman scored it 113-115 while both Moretti and Weisfeld saw it 112-116 all in favor of Ugas. In the end, Mora raised the hand of the Cuban-American defending champion, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

The victory improved Ugas’s professional boxing record to 27 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Pacquiao now has 62 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws.

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Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Ugas won silver at the 2005 Boxing World Cup in Moscow, Russia in July 2005 and gold at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Mianyang, China in November 2005. He also won gold both at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia in July 2006 and at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2007.

Representing Cuba, Ugas 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 in 2010, the same year he made his professional boxing debut.

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