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Shawn Porter withdraws from Mayweather vs. McGregor, Yordenis Ugas steps in to fight Thomas Dulorme

Amir Imam v Yordenis Ugasa
Ugas (right) in action against Amir Imam
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Less than 10 days away from fight night, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor card is undergoing a last-minute change.

Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter has withdrawn from his bout opposite Thomas Dulorme (24-2, 18 KOs), which was set to headline the preliminary action airing live on FOX prior to the Aug. 26 pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

According to a press release, Porter is bowing out due to personal reasons that include a death in the family. He will be replaced by Yordenis Ugas (19-3, 9 KOs), a 31-year-old Cuban boxer who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“On behalf of Mayweather Promotions we send our prayers and deepest condolences to the Porter family," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said in the statement. "In boxing we have to deal with curveballs that constantly come at us. Thomas Dulorme has been training hard and is ready to face Yordenis Ugas. Ugas is a tough competitor that shouldn't be overlooked, and Dulorme is ready. The fight fans are definitely in for an outstanding show between Dulorme and Ugas come Aug. 26.”

The preliminaries will air at 7PM ET on FOX, with the Showtime PPV main card kicking off at 9PM ET.

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