Yordenis Ugas is hoping he can face Keith Thurman next.
Ugas headlined a pay-per-view card against Errol Spence Jr. where he suffered a doctor stoppage loss in their three-belt welterweight title unification bout. He entered the fight as the WBA welterweight champ after beating Manny Pacquiao but in the fight, he suffered a fractured right orbital bone, eventually prompting the ringside physician to instruct referee Laurence Cole to stop the fight in the 10th.
Now, according to Ugas, his face is healing quickly and everything is going as expected.
“After seeing my doctor during my last visit, the x-rays came back,” Ugas told BoxingScene.com in his first interview since Saturday’s fight with Spence. “He told me I fortunately won’t be needing surgery. My face is healing well and I’m getting better each day. In due time I’ll be back in the gym training as I feel I can get back to the top.”
When Yordenis Ugas does return to the ring, he has his eye on Keith Thurman. Ugas believes the fight makes sense for the division as Thurman lost his WBA belt to Pacquiao but returned to the win column with a decision victory over Mario Barrios.
“I just want to be in the biggest fights possible, against the biggest names in the sport,” insists Ugas. “Keith Thurman is one of the best fighters of our era, and I think a fight with him would be one the fans would enjoy. We are both warriors and bring a lot of excitement to the ring.”
Thurman does not have his next fight booked but whether or not he is interested in Ugas is uncertain. But, if the fight does happen, the winner of Thurman-Ugas would likely get a title shot or be in a title eliminator bout as Thurman has yet to face Errol Spence Jr. so he could be a fresh matchup for him.
For now, Ugas is healing up his eye and will look to get back into the gym soon.
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