By Miguel Rivera
Looking to become the next welterweight champion of the World Boxing Council, Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas has hired well known strength and conditioning trainer Memo Heredia.
Ugas will be challenging WBC welterweight world champion Shawn Porter on March 9 in Las Vegas.
Ugas, who has eight wins in a row and no defeats since May of 2014, has been beating the drum to get a crack at one of the current world champions. The talented boxer had been in line for a crack at IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence, who plans to defend his belt against Mikey Garcia in the same month, on March 16th.
Memo is known for helping fighters like Juan Manuel Márquez, Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce, Jean Pascal, Orlando Salido and recently he’s been retained for the career re-launch of Félix Verdejo.
“I will be preparing Ugas, who will challenge Porter on March 9. We will be starting camp on December 16 and we will prepare for that world championship fight. We have great faith that [he can win] with the great work that he does with trainer Ismael Salas and with the effort that we’ll put into the physical training to achieve that victory,” Heredia said to ESPN Deportes.
Ugas, 32, has a professional record of 23-3 with 11 knockouts. And Porter, 31, has a record of 29-2-1 and 17 knockouts.
The fight between Porter and Ugas will be broadcast by Fox Sports, according to the announcement made a few days ago by Premier Boxing Champions, and the two boxers are awaiting confirmation of the venue.
In addition to working with Ugas, a bronze medalist in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Heredia confirmed that he will return to work with former Puerto Rican world champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., who would travel to Russia in February to face Pavel Malikov.