Los Angeles, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Aug 11, 2021): The planned clash between Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence is over after the undefeated American suffered a retinal tear in his left eye, the organizers.
World Boxing Association welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas will replace Spence and defend his title against the 42-year-old Filipino southpaw, eight-division world champion, on August 21 in Las Vegas.
Ugas had to defend his title on the undercard.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to fight Manny Pacquiao on August 21,” said Spence, champion of the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Council, in a statement.
“I was excited about the fight and the event. Unfortunately, the medics found a tear in my left eye and said I needed to have the operation as soon as possible and that there was no way I could. fight with my eye in this state. ” Spence discovered he had a tear in his retina during a pre-fight medical examination by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas on Monday, organizers said. He returned home to Texas for treatment.
Pacquiao, 62-7 with two draws and 39 KOs, last fought in July 2019 when he defeated American Keith Thurman for the WBA version of the 147-pound division throne.
But the Filipino senator was stripped of his crown in January for inactivity.
As he prepared for the fight with longtime coach Freddy Roach in Los Angeles, Pacquiao insisted the layoff had “helped my body and my mind a lot.”
“This time around I’m more excited than ever and feel like I’m young again,” he said.
His experience could be a bonus as he readjusts to face Ugas, a 35-year-old Cuban based in Miami who set out to defend his title against Fabian Maidana on August 21.
Ugas, who holds a 26-4 record with 12 knockouts, beat Abel Ramos last September and was installed as WBA champion after Pacquiao was stripped of the belt.
“First and foremost, I ask everyone to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery of Errol Spence Jr.,” Pacquiao said in a statement. “Thank goodness his physical exam found his eye problem before he sustained any further damage.
“I agreed to fight Yordenis Ugas on August 21 for the WBA Super Welterweight Championship. The right way and the only way to win a world title is inside the ring.” Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions noted that for Ugas it is a tall order to “make his first title defense against a boxing legend in a career-defining fight.” Ugas said it would be “an honor” to meet Pacquiao in the ring. .
“I have enormous respect for Pacquiao, but I’m coming to win this fight,” he said.