Yordenis Ugas vs. Abel Ramos Teleconference
Top contender Yordenis Ugás and hard-hitting Abel Ramos
previewed their showdown for the vacant WBA Welterweight
Championship on an international media conference call
Thursday, before they headline FOX PBC Fight Night and on
FOX Deportes, this Sunday, September 6 from the Microsoft
Theater in Los Angeles.
The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features
undefeated prospect Jesús Ramos facing fellow unbeaten
Esteban García in an eight-round super lightweight co-main
event. Plus, rising prospect Omar “El Relámpago” Juárez
takes on Dakota Linger in an eight-round super lightweight
special bonus feature.
The event will be promoted by TGB Promotions and will take
place without fans in attendance at the Microsoft Theater,
an AEG venue, in downtown Los Angeles.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
“I’m happy, anxious and excited, all in a good way, because
I’m just so ready to fulfill this dream I’ve had since I
started boxing, to win a world title. I know Ramos will be
competitive and give his best, but I’m ready to give the
best of myself and reach my dream.
“This isn’t just my dream; this is the dream of an entire
country that has waited almost half a century for a Cuban
welterweight fighter with a world title. It’s a dream for
the whole country. I want to represent my country and make
“Ramos is a tremendous fighter that never gives up. I
congratulate him for winning that fight at the last second
against Bryant Perrella. He earned it. Maybe the referee was
too involved stopping it when he did, but Ramos earned every
bit of it.
“When I heard that I would be fighting Ramos I was very
excited, because I knew it would be a great fight that the
fans would love. Ramos is a great fighter that will help us
deliver an exciting spectacle for the fans this weekend.
“I feel better than ever at 34-years-old. My preparation
could not have been better. I feel great at this weight and
I’m so ready to put on a show on Sunday. I’m ready to show
the fans the best performance of my career.
“I don’t feel any pressure about being the first Cuban
welterweight champion in 45 years. To me, fighting for Cuba
is a big motivation. I’ve fought since I was ten-years-old
and overcame everything. Right now, I just want to make my
country proud. I want to show my best effort on Sunday
“The biggest lesson I learned from the Shawn Porter fight is
that I can’t get overconfident. I thought I had it in the
bag, and it really wasn’t that way. I have to always be
attacking. I can never assume anything, no matter how the
fight might look at the moment.
“This is about winning, no matter what. Regardless of how we
get there. Ramos is a strong fighter who will test me. I’m
willing to go to my limits in order to go to my victory, no
matter what method I need to achieve my goal.”
“I’m excited for this fight. We had a great camp. We went
down to Omaha, Nebraska and linked up with Terence Crawford
and team, and worked with his strength coach and
nutritionist. We’re extremely prepared and ready to give a
great fight Sunday night. It was great experience. We
sparred with Crawford and Maurice Hooker as well, which was
“Ugas is right up there with anyone I’ve faced. There’s a
few guys I face who have already become champions like Regis
Prograis and Maurice Hooker, and Ugas is definitely on their
level. We expect nothing but the best Yordenis Ugas.
“Everybody has a job in the ring and my job against Perrella
was to get the win by any means necessary. I needed a
knockout in that last round. I went out there and did what I
had to do and the referee made his decision.
“I think we’re going to see some boxing and some brawling
from Ugas. He’s more of a counterpuncher. He is smart and
doesn’t make mistakes, so I have to be sharper than I ever
“I think Ugas had a close fight with Porter, but I thought
that Porter pulled it off. I think Ugas is still mad about
it. He thinks he should have gotten that knockdown in the
final round, but I think when you look at the replay, it was
a good call. I think he’s a bit caught up on that.
“I don’t know if he’s overlooking me. That’s his decision
and his mentality. If that’s what he’s doing, then that’s
better for me.
“This is probably the best training camp I ever had. We
weren’t affected by the pandemic at all so it was so smooth.
This is a great opportunity for me. A victory over Ugas
would set me up to face the other top fighters in the
welterweight division which is what I’m aiming for.
“To get a knockout right at the last second of the fight, it
was an emotional moment for me. It proved to me that I can
change the tide of a fight, no matter the round. I have the
power to change the fight at any moment. Sunday night is
going to be an action packed fight again and you’re not
going to want to miss this one.”