Yordenis Ugas vs. Ray Robinson Moves To Garcia-Rios Card

By Ryan Burton 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.

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"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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MasterPlan on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=BendOver;18417601]Good, what about Barthelemy?[/QUOTE] Probably goes to another card. Wilder-Ortiz maybe another.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-19-2018

I'm cool with this! Makes the undercard way more interesting than the main event!

Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=BendOver;18417601]Good, what about Barthelemy?[/QUOTE] Makes little sense to throw off the timing of rest for the fighters, as winners of both fights are options to fight each other anyway. Fight happens in March, Mikey sees what the Linares offer looks…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 01-18-2018

Ray Robinson should had stayed retired.

Comment by DuckAdonis on 01-18-2018

Nice, good fight... Barthelemy-Relikh also pls

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