WBA welterweight Yordenis Ugás answered questions on a call with boxing legend Felix Trinidad ahead of Ugás’ April 16 fight against Errol Spence Jr.
As the welterweight unification bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Yordenis Ugás approaches on April 16, Ugás is enjoying some of the perks of being a WBA champion.
Ugás (27-4, 12 KOs) climbed to the top, defeating Manny Pacquiao by decision in 2021 to earn the WBA belt. In 2014, the fighter from Cuba suffered back-to-back defeats in a career that has manifested itself in improbable ways.
On Monday, April 4th, Ugás attended a media briefing with boxing legend Felix Trinidad. Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs) retired in 2008 after winning three division titles against Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas.
Ugás looked up to the Puerto Rican star in his early years and was honored to be able to speak to the former champion on the phone.
“I remember seeing Felix as a teenager and he fought De La Hoya,” said Ugás with a big smile on his face. “Everyone in Cuba has been talking about it. This fight really blew my mind. It was amazing to see Felix going toe to toe with Oscar. To see Felix achieve something so incredible was a huge inspiration.”
Ugás couldn’t hide his excitement at being on call for Trinidad. His smile was bright for most of the call.
Watch Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugás on Saturday, April 16 at 9:00pm ET on the Showtime pay-per-view
“It’s such a dream come true to be here speaking to one of my idols in Felix Trinidad,” said Ugás. “It’s really amazing. I am very grateful to be in this position.”
Ugás must have been delighted to hear that “Tito” returned the compliment.
“When I saw Manny Pacquiao fight, I saw the amazing way Ugas represented Cuba,” Trinidad said. “I think Ugas can mimic what he did against Pacquiao in his fight against Spence. His speed and precision will wow the crowd in this fight.”
Trinidad’s belief in Ugás could help boost Ugás’ confidence as he fights undefeated WBC and IBF champion Spence. Ugás is the underdog against Spence, but he’s a seasoned veteran who can win against the legendary Pacquiao.
“I did my job against Manny Pacquiao,” Ugás said. “I accepted the fight with 11 days notice. Whatever Spence said about what he would have done against Pacquiao, I’m not worried. I’m just focused on the challenge I have against Spence.”
Trinidad looking forward to Spence vs. Ugás. He honored both boxers by comparing their fight to his 1999 matchup against De La Hoya.
“It’s going to be a champion versus champion fight,” Trinidad said. “When I was fighting De La Hoya, I knew I had to give it my all and leave nothing in the tank. I believe in Ugas and he will make us all proud.”
During the call, Ugás was asked what would have happened in a fantasy match between him and Trinidad. He gave an elegant reply.
“I’m a competitor,” said Ugás. “I would have put my best foot forward in any decade. I would have loved to have fought Trinidad and the other fighters of his time. I could have won, I could have lost, but I would have liked to face these challenges.”
Ugás gets his chance against a rising legend. When Ugás Spence shuts down, his legacy will grow. They meet at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on April 16th.
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