The AMB ordered that Yordenis ugas, super welterweight champion of the body, perform the championship defense against Eimantas Stanionis.
For its part, Jamal james, regular monarch of the division, will have to fight against Radzhab Butaev.
This comes after the AMB announced that he was going to reduce the champions by category, since they have up to three per division: super champion, regular champion and interim champion.
The winners of each bout will meet in March 2021 to define the only 147-pound champion.
“The title reduction plan of the AMB it has been a priority of the organization and it has tried to advance in many ways ”, explained the organization. “This box-off is a great opportunity to resolve the 147-pound situation with great fights among the top finishers.”
The WBA initiates the move to a single welterweight champion with Ugas-Stanionis and James-Butaev
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The Cuban made his first defense of the belt on August 21, 2021 against Manny pacquiao, after both took the contest with less than two weeks of anticipation.
Pacquiao I was going to fight with Errol spence in main combat, while Yordenis went before Fabian Maidana.
Ugas He surprised and managed to defeat the Filipino boxer by unanimous decision by cards of 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
Ugas, promoted by the WBA
Yordenis ugas was promoted as the regular champion of the AMB earlier this year, after the agency decided to strip the belt from Manny pacquiao.
The Filipino became the 147-pound monarch in 2019 by defeating by split decision Keith Thurman. But since he was inactive for more than two years, the championship was taken away from him.
The AMB argued that since he was inactive for a long time, he decided to promote Yordenis.
This upset Pacquiao and his team, because they considered that the organization did not take into account the pandemic or his political office.