Yordenis Ogas will be out for some time.
Ogas, 35, suffered a right orbital fracture in a 10th-round TKO loss to Errol Spence Jr. during Saturday’s welterweight title consolidation.
“I have a fracture in my eye and in the next few days the doctors will say how they will treat it,” Ujas said on Instagram. “I spent every morning in the hospital writing these words with one eye and the other closed.”
Ugas (27-5, 22 KOs) was diagnosed with an eye injury early Sunday morning at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Kobe was dealt a heavy blow to the left in the seventh round which dealt damage; His eyes immediately swollen.
Despite the debilitating injury, Ojas fought for three more rounds before the front-line doctor advised the referee to stop the bout in the tenth round; He concluded that the boxer could not see out of his right eye, which was completely swollen.
Ugas does not need emergency surgery, according to his team, and will be re-examined at a later time after the swelling has subsided to see if a medical procedure is required.
When Billy Joe Saunders was defeated by Canelo Alvarez in the WWF middleweight title last May, plates were immediately entered due to an orbital break in three places.
Ojas may escape a similar fate but he is sure to be sidelined for a long time. He hit Spence in the sixth round before Spence takes damage in the next round. Ojas, third in welterweight at ESPN, entered the bout with the WBA title at 147 pounds, a belt he held on after sending legendary Manny Pacquiao into retirement with a loss in August.
Spence, 32, was ready to battle Pacquiao last summer but withdrew after sustaining a left retinal detachment that required surgery. Ogas was the benefactor, now he would be looking to recover from his serious eye injury.
“The referee stopped the fight, but I wanted to continue until the end,” Ogas said on Saturday through an interpreter. “I definitely had a chance to win the fight in the sixth round, but he recovered well.”
Spence previously fractured Kell Brook’s orbital bone when he first became champion in 2017.
Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) added the WBA title to the WBC and IBF belts he already owns. Terence Crawford’s WBO title is the only one he doesn’t have, and they could come together later this year to crown the undisputed welterweight champion in one of the biggest fights that can be fought in boxing.
“Everyone knows who I want next, I want to be the next Terrence Crawford,” said Spence, ESPN’s No. 6 boxer. “This is the fight that I want, that is the fight that everyone wants. Terence, I’m coming for that mother belt.”
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