WBA confirms Stanionis to step down for Spence-Ugas


WBA confirms Stanionis to step down for Spence-Ugas

Looks like we’ll have a welterweight unification fight after all. This, as in a surprise announcement late Saturday night, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza confirmed that a battle between WBC / IBF World Welterweight Champ Errol Spence and the world title holder of his organization Yordenis Ugas will advance.

Mendoza tweeted on Saturday evening the compulsory WBA Challenger Eimantas Stanionis agreed to step aside and allow the unification fight to take place.

The tweet is translated into English:

In the scoop I confirm that the WBA authorized the fight after Stanionis agreed to step down to allow unification. The Lithuanian will face Butaev.

Just weeks ago, the organization mandated Ugas, who beat Manny Pacquiao for the WBA welterweight world title in August, is expected to fight number one contender Stanionis from Lithuania.

As for Spence, 27-0, 21 KOs, he was initially supposed to have fought Pacquiao before suffering retinal detachment during training and had to undergo eye surgery. Spence has only had one title fight / defense since his horrific car crash in October 2019.

The Texan, who was later found to be driving impaired, sent his car catapulted and was ejected, suffering from a concussion and a broken jaw.

Spence eventually returned to the ring and defeated Danny Garcia in a 12-round decision in December of last year. It was the first defense of the unified IBF / WBC titles he won by beating Shawn Porter in September 2019.

As for Cuban-born Ugas, 27-4, Pacquiao’s victory defined his career and now sets him up for the chance to hold three of the 147 lb world titles. He used his top jab and long right hand to keep Pacquiao at bay for a 12-round unanimous decision victory in Las Vegas in August.

The belief is that Spence will be fully recovered from eye surgery to fight in February or March to win a third different world welterweight title.


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