Yordenis Ugas working with trainer Jorge Capetillo in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)
By Chris Robinson
If you are into the boxing scene in Las Vegas and in search of a diamond in the rough, perhaps Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas might be worth some of your time.
The 31-year old welterweight contender carries a 19-3 record with nine knockouts, yet it has been his recent run of success that has caught my eye. In August of last year, returning from a two-year layoff, Ugas upset previously-undefeated Jamal James over ten rounds in Verona, New York.
Ugas returned the following month as a late replacement, defeating Florida’s Bryant Perrella via fourth round TKO; Perrella was also undefeated at the time. And to start off his 2017 campaign, Ugas bested Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava via split-decision over ten rounds in Tunica, Miss.
Ugas worked under the tutelage of Ismael Salas for those bouts and is still linked with the trainer, who is presently overseas in London working with WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares and former heavyweight champion David Haye.
Meanwhile, Ugas is working with trainer Jorge Capetillo until Salas’ return in September. Check out the two men putting in work inside of the Top Rank Gym and stay tuned for more of Ugas’ story.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com