Talented 147-pound contender Yordenis Ugas is stepping in to replace unbeaten prospect Mario Barrios in the main event of tonight’s fight card on FS1.
Ugas will now battle Nicaragua's Nelson Lara (17-7-4, 9 KOs) tonight in the 10-round main event of a Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays card from the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi (FS1, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
Yordenis Ugas (18-3, 8 KOs) stepped in to fight on one day's notice after Lara was overweight for his scheduled 140-pound bout with Mario Barrios, who declined to go forward with the match. The bout between Ugas and Lara will now be contested at 154 pounds.
Ugas returned from a two-year layoff last August and has looked sensational in defeating undefeated prospects Jamal James by decision and Bryant Perrella by fourth-round stoppage. Most recently, Ugas earned a decision in an exciting clash with Ghvamichava on FS1 in February.
A highly decorated Cuban amateur, Ugas picked up a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and owns gold medals from the 2005 World Amateur Championships and 2007 Pan American Games. Now fighting out of Miami, the 30-year-old looks to further establish his credentials for a world title shot.
Originally from Nicaragua but now fighting out of Costa Rica, Lara was unbeaten in 17 of his first 18 pro fights after turning pro in 2004. He enters this bout having won his last two contests by stoppage, including his most recent triumph in March.
Lara will fight in the U.S. for the third time as a pro in a career that has seen him enter the ring in six different countries.
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