Derrick James: “I’m Joyful For [Yordenis] Ugas, This Is His Alternative To Be Nice, He’s A Phenomenal Fighter”

Posted on 08/19/2021

By: Hans Themistode

All the pieces was going proper in line with plan, up till it wasn’t.

Coach Derrick James had spent numerous hours trying over the sport tape. With unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., a fighter James has been coaching for a number of years now, getting ready to tackle future first-ballot Corridor of Famer Manny Pacquiao, James needed to make sure that his man got here out on prime with the victory.

Simply as the 2 started placing the ending touches on an arduous coaching camp, James couldn’t imagine his ears as Spence Jr. revealed to him that he was unable to combat as a consequence of a torn/indifferent retina in his left eye.

Instantly taking the place of Spence Jr., is WBA titleholder, Yordenis Ugas. Though James was devastated for his fighter lacking out on a career-high payday and the most important combat of his life, the long-time coach couldn’t assist however smile for Ugas.

“I’m pleased for Ugas,” stated James throughout an interview with “That is his alternative to be nice.”

Ugas, 35, felt contrite when he first heard the information. As a former sparring accomplice of Spence Jr., the Cuban native was thrilled along with his fellow welterweight champion getting the possibility of a lifetime.

After wishing Spence Jr. a speedy restoration, Ugas centered on the monumental process at hand. At the moment, Ugas is pegged as a heavy underdog. Regardless of the overwhelming notion that Pacquiao will probably be an excessive amount of, James isn’t fairly satisfied that issues will probably be a stroll within the park for the previous eight-division world champion when the 2 conflict this Saturday night time on the T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Having picked up wins in 11 of his previous 12 contests, Ugas has efficiently come into his personal. His current success, coupled with an extended newbie profession which consisted of 96 wins in opposition to simply 9 defeats, offers James all of the extra motive to heap excessive reward on the WBA titlist.

“Ugas may be very tough, very clever. He’s confronted lots of kinds and he’s an Olympian. He’s an exceptional fighter.”

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