Yordenis Ugas gatecrashes boxing’s pound for pound rankings

Yordenis Ugas

Ryan Hafey

Yordenis Ugas has gatecrashed the World Boxing News Pound-for-Pound Top 20 following his decision over boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

The Cuban, who was 15-3 after his first 18 bouts, is now the third-rated welterweight globally. Ugas secured the biggest win of his career and is mixing it with the top names in the sport.

Taking the seventeenth spot, Ugas is just behind Anthony Joshua and Kazuto Ioka on the new list.

When asking the fans, “What place do you have me among the best welterweights in the world?” – many agreed that Ugas still had work to do to overtake Terence Crawford or Errol Spence.

He also reminded some of his doubters about their pre-fight predictions before his victory.

YORDENIS UGAS

“All the comments that I read that I was very slow for Pacquiao and they were going to destroy me. Where are they?

“I took the biggest fight of my life ten days in advance. And thank God I had the biggest victory of my career against a future hall of fame.

“This is a dream. Everything happened so fast, only in ten days. If you are a young fighter and you read me.

“Never give up. Just five years ago, I was 15-3, and I’m here. Thank goodness at the top of the sport,” Ugas added.

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Sean Michael Ham

WBN Pound for Pound Top 20 – August 2021:

#1 CANELO ALVAREZ
RANKING IN JANUARY: 1

#2 NAOYA INOUE
RANKING IN JANUARY: 5

#3 ERROL SPENCE
RANKING IN JANUARY: 2

#4 TEOFIMO LOPEZ
RANKING IN JANUARY: 4

#5 JOSH TAYLOR
RANKING IN JANUARY: 26

#6 TYSON FURY
RANKING IN JANUARY: 3

#7 TERENCE CRAWFORD
RANKING IN JANUARY: 6

#8 NONITO DONAIRE
RANKING IN JANUARY: 30

#9 JUAN ESTRADA
RANKING IN JANUARY: 11

#10 GERVONTA DAVIS
RANKING IN JANUARY: 13

#11 VASYL LOMACHENKO
RANKING IN JANUARY: 12

#12 OLEKSANDR USYK
RANKING IN JANUARY: 8

#13 GENNADIY GOLOVKIN
RANKING IN JANUARY: 10

#14 ROMAN GONZALEZ
RANKING IN JANUARY: 17#

#15 ANTHONY JOSHUA
RANKING IN JANUARY: 14

#16 KAZUTO IOKA
RANKING IN JANUARY: 9

#17 YORDENUS UGAS
RANKING IN JANUARY: NE

#18 MIKEY GARCIA
RANKING IN JANUARY: 15

#19 JERMELL CHARLO
RANKING IN JANUARY: 25

#20 OSCAR VALDEZ
RANKING IN JANUARY: NE