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Robinson-Ugas set as welterweight eliminator

From ESPN - January 9, 2018

Welterweights Ray Robinson and Yordenis Ugas will meet in a world title eliminator Feb. 10 after the IBF agreed to approve the bout as an eliminator for the No. 2 position in its rankings.

The winner will move a step closer to a mandatory shot at the 147-pound world title held by Errol Spence Jr.

The IBF sent Tom Brown of TGB Promotions, which works with Ugas along with Mayweather Promotions, and Lou DiBella, who represents Robinson, a letter Monday saying that it would grant a formal sanction for the fight as an eliminator once it receives signed contracts for the bout. They are due by Jan. 24.

Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) is scheduled to defend his belt against former titlist Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) on Jan. 20 in a Showtime-televised main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

According to the IBF letter, "The winner of Spence vs. Peterson must fight the leading available contender in a mandatory defense of the Title. The winner of Robinson vs. Ugas must fight the leading available contender to become No. 1."

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