Spence pulls back from Pacquiao battle with torn retina, Pacquiao will fight Yordenis Ugas instead


Welterweight champ Errol Spence, Jr. has been pushed to withdraw from his August 21 match versus Manny Pacquiao because of the retinal tear in his left eye, organisers stated on Tuesday.

Cuban Yordenis Ugas, who got a bronze award at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has actually settled to replace Spence in the main event at T-Mobile Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada and protect his WBA welterweight belt versus Pacquiao, who has actually won titles in 8 divisions.

Spence, the WBC and IBF welterweight world champ who has a 27-0 track record, discovered he had recently a torn retina during the course of a pre-fight physical examination by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas on Monday.

” I was thrilled about the battle and the event,” Spence stated in a press. “However, the doctors discovered a tear in my left eye and stated I required to get surgical treatment on it IMMEDIATELY and that there was no other way I can fight with my eye in that situation.”

Spence, who has actually come back home to Dallas, Texas and will have surgical treatment to fix the tear on Wednesday, is anticipated to make a complete recovery and go back to the ring.

” I ask everybody to join me in wishing a complete and total recovery for Errol Spence Jr.,” stated Pacquiao. “Thank God his physical exam found his eye condition prior to endured any further damage.”

In Pacquiao’s latest match, in July 2019, the Filipino southpaw beat Keith Thurman in a split decision to win his since-vacated WBA super welterweight title belt.

Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) has actually developed himself as a top welterweight since coming back from a layoff in 2016 and rose to world champ in January right after succeeding a WBA championship belt by beating Abel Ramos last September.

The 35-year-old Cuban stated it is an honor to get an opportunity to combat Pacquiao which he is ready for the challenge in spite of the brief notice.

” I have a remarkable level of appreciation for Pacquiao, however I am coming to win this battle,” stated Ugas.

” I’ve remained in camp striving with my coach Ismael Salas and I know with each other we will come up with an outstanding strategy to fight everything Manny will take to the ring.”


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