By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com has been advised that the IBF welterweight eliminator matching Yordenis Ugas (20-3) against Ray Robinson (24-2) will now take place on February 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center In Las Vegas on the Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios undercard.
The fight was originally scheduled for February 10th on the Mikey Garcia-Sergey Lipinets card. The main event was postponed this week when Lipinets injured his hand in training.
Ugas has been red-hot as of late, winning 5 fights in a row including handing Jamal James and Bryant Perralella their first losses. Robinson has also been on a roll, winning 13 fights in a row.
"I have to underline the significance of this for Yordenis, because to win his next fight would be for something very similar to a world title," said Ugas' manager Luis DeCubas Jr. to George Ebro in a recent interview. "Everything he has done so far , all of his growth in the ring would be justified with a win.'
After almost two seasons away from the ring and a couple of failures difficult to digest, Ugas has gone through an impressive second chapter of his career with run of five wins, three of them by way of the knockout.
"What Yordenis has done should be praised, because nobody knew what to expect from him when he decided to return in 2016," DeCubas added. "He has surpassed all expectations and now we expect much more from him."
Robinson, 31, seemed to be on course to reach the heights of the welterweight ranks, when a car accident in 2015 kept him out of action for 18 months, until he returned in October 2016 and he's won his last five and four of them by knockout.
"This is a difficult opponent for Yordenis and he wants the same thing: to rise and to aspire for more," said DeCubas Jr. "But we are confident that he will be able to move forward and continue this climb of wins."
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