UNDEFEATED welterweight contender Jamal “Shango” James (20-0, 9KOs) answered the last minute call to fill in for Bryant Perella after the Fort Myers, Florida boxer was rejected by the New York State Athletic commission due to a nagging thumb injury. He will be facing Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) from Cuba on the Miguel Flores – Ryan Kielczweski Premier Boxing Champions undercard in Verona, New York.
In a move rarely seen in the modern boxing, James jumped at the chance to get back into the ring less than four full weeks since his last fight.
“The opportunity presented itself,” said James simply in response to why he was willing to take the fight with such short notice. “In this game, in order to be elite, you have to be ready.”