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Keith Thurman vs Yordenis Ugas in the works for August

According to reports, a battle for the interim WBC welterweight belt between Keith Thurman and Yordenis Ugas is scheduled. It will take place in the middle to end of August, though a time and place have not yet been determined.

In his most recent appearance on the "Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer," Thurman at least acknowledged rumors of a planned showdown with Ugas. The winner will be in a position to advance to full title status or compete for the undisputed welterweight belt.

Errol Spence (28-0, 22KOs) and Terence Crawford (39-0, 30KOs) will compete for all four major titles in a Showtime Pay-Per-View event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 29.

A bilateral rematch clause that is part of the summit bout between the top two welterweights in the world might further prevent anyone else in the division from competing for the top prize.

Ugas (27-5, 12KOs) was allegedly set to fight Mario Barrios of San Antonio in July for the interim WBC title. Given Thurman's huge victory over the former secondary WBA junior welterweight champion in their welterweight matchup on February 5 in Las Vegas, a more reasonable choice has prevailed.

Since then, Thurman (30-1, 22KOs) has not competed after witnessing a number of previously scheduled dates and choices fizzle out.

The former WBA/WBC welterweight champion's fight against Spence on a Showtime Pay-Per-View, planned for this past February and again this spring, was the most lucrative opportunity ever linked to him. Despite the fact that doing so would require him to sit out for more than a year, Spence decided to dig in and negotiate the parameters of an undisputed clash with Crawford.


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