The boxer Yordenis Ugás revealed that he was at risk of missing the fight Manny Pacquiao for the title of world champion welterweight for attending the Cuban demonstration in Washington three weeks before the fight.
The Cuban fighter attended several protests in the United States after 9/11 to support Cubans who were demanding freedom from the island and demand a change for Cuba. That made him lose training and have some lapses in concentration when training, but he assures that “the Homeland is everything to me, I didn’t mind putting anything at risk.”
With just three weeks to go until the big fight against Pacquiao, a former eight-division world champion, a demonstration was organized in Washington to demand that the Joe Biden administration listen to the demands of the Cubans. His team warned him that “the next time they saw me at a demonstration they would take me out of the fight.”
With exactly three weeks left for my fight, I went to Washington to support our people. My team told me that the next time they saw me at a demonstration they would take me out of the fight. He had an important fight and those trips were lack of training and lapses in concentration. But the Homeland is everything to me. I didn’t mind putting anything at risk. And as I always say. What I do, I do from the heart. Cubans do not owe anything to me, on the contrary, we owe everything to the country. Patria y Vida, “wrote Ugás along with a video of his participation in the protest.
Ugás received at the beginning of September Keys to the City of Miami from Mayor Francis Suárez, who stressed that in addition to symbolically opening the gates of the city, they are also “the keys to our hearts.” At the ceremony, which was held at the City Hall in the city of Miami, the mayor conveyed the respect and affection of the community for the boxer.
“It is a great honor for me that the city with the most Cubans outside of Cuba is welcoming me today as a worthy son and a good man of this community,” said Ugás.
After his victory on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, the Cuban was voted Boxer of the Month by the World Boxing Association.
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