Ugás at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Ugás was U17 (cadets) world champion in 2003 but lost at the junior championships 2004 to Amir Khan. On other occasions he lost twice to countryman Luis Franco at featherweight, he finished third aththe nationals 2004 at featherweight.
In 2005 he moved up to lightweight where he was more successful, winning the Cuban Championships 2005 to 2008 and turning into a star. He won a tournament called PanAm Championships (not the PanAm Games) in 2005, however in other tournaments he lost twice to Kazach southpaw Serik Sapiyev.
At the Senior World Championships 2005 he suffered two heavy knockdowns by Canadian southpaw Ibrahim Kamal in his third fight but managed to win. Manilatimes writes:"But for two fleeting moments Thursday, unheralded Canadian lightweight Ibrahim Kamal showed the world that the Cubans, arguably the number-one force in amateur boxing, may have jaws of glass after all. The University of Toronto student knocked down Yordanis Ugas in the first and second rounds with two sledgehammer lefts to the side of the chin. But then the Canadian southpaw hurt one knee as he and Ugas wrestled each other to the floor on the third round, leaving him effectively fighting on one leg." Later Ugás beat Russian Khabib Allakhverdiyev and in the final he outfought Romal Amanov from Azerbaijan. Cubanet.org writes "Yordenis Ugas, a sharp, technically accomplished fighter but with a suspect jaw, won the lightweight gold for Cuba after an explosive toe-to-toe clash with Romal Amanov of Azerbaijan." It describes him "a tall, bony lightweight with a deceptively languid fighting style"
In 2006 he won the Central American Championships.
In 2007 he beat Yordan Frometa and Roniel Iglesias at the national championships. Later that year Ugás won the PanAm Games in Rio beating Darley Perez and Everton Lopes. Cuba didn't participate in the World Championships in Chicago.
In 2008 he defended the national championships against old foe Luis Franco and won his Olympic qualifier. In Beijing he was upset in the semifinal by Frenchman Daouda Sow.
In 2009 he went up to Junior Welter beating Roniel Iglesias in the national final.
In March 2010, Ugas defected to the USA in the hope of beginning a professional career.
Ugás moved to North Bergen, New Jersey in 2012.
- 2008 in Beijing, PR China (as a lightweight)
- 2005 in Moscow, Russia (lightweight)
Cuban National Championship
- 2003 (featherweight)
- Defeated Yosbel Melgarejo RSCO 2
- Defeated Yudenis Gonzalez 35-31
- Defeated Sander Rodriguez 21-7
- Lost to Yosvani Aguilera 5-17 (2nd place)
- 2004 (featherweight)
- Defeated Alexios Barrios 3-2
- Defeated Lester Diaz 18-9
- Lost to Luis Franco 13-13 54-65 (semifinal)
- 2005 (lightweight)
- Defeated Ceilan Varona 17-4
- Defeated Yosbel Melarejo 13-5
- Defeated Michel Sarria Mendez 20-10
- Defeated Raudel Sanchez (Cuba) 15-6
- 2006 (lightweight)
- Defeated José Agramonte RSCO 2
- Defeated Victor Perez walk-over
- Defeated Yoandri Lomba 23-7
- Defeated Michel Sarria Mendez 25-9
- 2007 (lightweight)
- 2008 (lightweight)
- Defeated Onelis Perez 20-0
- Defeated Luis Franco 14-4
- Defeated Eldris Terrero 14-5
- Defeated Pablo de la Cruz 17-3
- Hague, Jim. "Cuban refugee boxer Ugas meets hero MenendezNorth Bergen resident gets chance to talk with fellow Cuban and U.S. Senator Menendez", Hudson Reporter, August 11, 2013. Accessed January 1, 2015. "'In order to become a world champion, it’s something I had to do,' said the 27-year-old Ugas, who has called North Bergen his home for the last year."