After scoring one of the biggest wins of his career on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor undercard, Yordenis Ugas now has a chance to get back to world title contention.
It was announced that Ugas will fight Ray Robinson on the Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios televised undercard on February 17. That fight will be an IBF welterweight eliminator where the winner will take the currently vacant No. 2 position in the IBF rankings. Ugas is ranked No. 14 whereas Robinson is ranked No. 11.
Ugas has won his last five fights, all in the span of 12 months, with his last win coming against Thomas Dulorme. The fight, which headlined the FOX prelims of the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight card, originally didn’t have Ugas fight but instead has Shawn Porter scheduled to fight Dulorme. Porter withdrew from the fight due to personal reasons and Ugas was slotted in as Dulorme’s opponent at the last second.
Robinson, a former WBO-NABO and USBA welterweight champion has been undefeated since the end of summer in 2010.
The rest of the Showtime-televised card will see WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez defend his title against Ronald Gavril in a rematch from their 2017 fight in the co-main event and Garcia face Rios in a WBC welterweight title eliminator in the main event. The winner of the main event will be the mandatory challenger to the WBC title after current mandatory challenger Shawn Porter gets his eventual title fight against unified champion Keith Thurman.