By: Hans Themistode
There was one thing extremely odd about Yordenis Ugas.
The Cuban native eliminated his shirt throughout final weekend’s weigh-ins for his contest towards Manny Pacquiao and revealed an unbelievable physique. However whereas Ugas gave the impression to be in the most effective form of his skilled profession, one thing appeared off.
Though Ugas is without doubt one of the greater welterweights within the division, the WBA 147 pound champion appeared greater than regular, notably to his left bicep.
Quite a few video footage surfaced of Ugas grimacing in ache. A number of followers and media members took the time to look at the footage intently and got here to the conclusion that Ugas principally possible tore his bicep muscle, one thing his camp vehemently denied. Whereas Ugas went on to not solely defeat Pacquiao however he in the end used his left hand successfully, touchdown an indefensible jab all night time lengthy, and proving that his left arm was simply positive.
With fixed rumors and hypothesis surrounding his grotesque left bicep, Ugas revealed that he did, in reality, undergo an harm. However, it occurred lengthy earlier than he entered the ring.
“I injured my bicep a number of weeks in the past throughout sparring,” mentioned Ugas throughout an interview with Ringsideviews. “I wasn’t scheduled to combat Pacquiao but. I continued coaching however I did cease sparring.”
Not solely did Ugas produce a severely left swollen arm however throughout their last staredown, the 35-year-old appeared to wince in appreciable ache on a number of events. Regardless of that, Ugas went on to frustrate the longer term Corridor of Famer on the night time.
Quite a few jabs upstairs, adopted by left arms to the physique and excessive of Pacquiao’s guard, seemingly left him puzzled on what to do subsequent. Though Ugas was extra reserved in his offensive output, throwing greater than 400 fewer punches than Pacquiao, he was in the end the extra environment friendly of the 2, touchdown over 37% of his whole photographs to the 16% of Pacquiao. However, his resolution to decide on high quality over amount, had nothing to do along with his left bicep.
On the surface wanting in, Ugas is totally conscious that he gave the impression to be a one-armed fighter. However, he assures everybody, that whereas it was ostensible his arm was in unhealthy form, he felt no degree of discomfort in anyway.
“Going into the combat, my arm remained 100% swollen however I didn’t really feel any ache.”