Months ago, Errol Spence Jr. told fans that he would not take a tune-up fight when he returned from an eye injury that sidelined him in 2021. If reports are true, Spence Jr. will more than live up to his promise. Boxing insider Mike Coppinger has reported that Spence Jr. will defend his WBC and IBF welterweight titles against WBA Welterweight Champion Yordenis Ugas in the first quarter of 2022.
A potential fight featuring Ugas and Spence Jr. has been made possible with the help of the World Boxing Association. Ugas was originally mandated to defend his title against Eimantas Stanionis in early 2022. However, Stanionis has agreed to step aside and fight Radzhab Butaev on the undercard of Ugas-Spence Jr.
“Thanks to the WBA for doing the right thing,” Ugas tweeted.
“It is an award for my dedication, and for being a brave man in and out of the ring. I will be fighting one of the best [pound-for-pound]. I’m a warrior. First Cuban fighting [for] three belts [in] one night. Thanks [to] all the fans who asked for this fight.”
Details regarding the venue and exact date for the fight are still being kept under wraps.