It was with great surprise that the #1 IBF contender Hermann Ngoudjo (17-2-0, 9 KOs) read the press release where former IBF champion Juan Urango (20-1-1, 16 KOs) claimed he was going to knock out “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo. Ngoudjo will take on the Colombian for the vacant IBF Super lightweight world championship in Montreal on Friday. For two years Hermann Ngoudjo has fought the elite of the division, and no one has hurt or come close to a knockout win against him!
First a controversial split decision loss against former world champion Jose Luis Castillo (57-9-1, 49KO), the best brawler in the division, then a split decision win against former World champion Randall Bailey (38-6-0, 34KO), the best puncher in the division. Last year another controversial loss against then IBF world champion Paul Malignaggi (25-2-0, 5KO), the fastest boxer in the division, and in June another win against former World champion Souleymane Mbaye (37-3-1, 21KO), the most skilled boxer in the division.
So Hermann out-brawled the brawler, overpowered the puncher, out-speeded the speedster and out-skilled the best! In fact, 6 of his opponents have fought in world championships, 5 of them won the title and together they have a combined 36 world championship bouts (20-14-2). Compare that to Urango who, with the exception of Ricky Hatton (45-1-0, 32KO) who lost decisively against him during their encounter 2 years ago, not one of his opponents ever won a world championship fight! Ngoudjo has had to pay his dues, fought the best and is ready to get on top of the super lightweight division. It is not Juan Urango who will stop him.
“Urango is a strong fighter and always comes very well prepared,” said Ngoudjo, “but he is not near me in terms of the quality of the opponents he has beaten! He claims he will knock me out like his last opponents, but they were scared of him and that is certainly not the case for me! I am willing to mix with you “Iron twin”, to back you up and beat you at your own game and we will see who has got the best chin, the best stamina. Next Saturday morning Juan Urango will have a very bad wake up call because he will leave Montreal empty-handed and the Black Panther will be world champion…this is the beginning of my era!” Juan Urango arrived Monday in Montreal from his training camp of Puerto Rico.
The two met for the first time today at a press conference held at the Bell Center. Tickets are priced at $40, $75, $125 and $200 and can be purchased at the Bell Center Box Office: 1-877-668-8269 or online at www.geg.ca