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Urango, Ngoudjo speak!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Juan Urango: “I fought a great fighter in Ngoudjo, it wasn’t an easy fight. The results came by the hard work I put into training. For 2009 you guys are going to see a lot of great things, not just from myself, but from Hermann Ngoudjo. I didn’t think the fight would last twelve rounds, but that’s just more credit to him for getting up and going twelve rounds.”

Hermann Ngoudjo: “I want to say congratulations to Urango and to Warriors. He hits very hard. I think I showed a lot of heart. I’m very content with my performance. I think Urango is going to make a great champion. He’s very aggressive and physical. He’s the biggest puncher I’ve met in my career. He fought very well tonight and deserves to be world champion and that he’ll be champion for a long time.”

Promoter Leon Margules: “I think he (Juan) is a lot more polished complete fighter than when he fought Ricky Hatton. If you remember the fight, about the 5th or 6th round he hurt Ricky bad with a body shot, the guy you saw tonight would have finished Ricky Hatton that night.”

“I think it’s important to recognize his trainer, he kind of understated and low-key, Evangelista Cotto, trainer and uncle of Miguel Cotto. This is Urango’s third fight with Cotto, and there is a big difference. He is just an underrated great trainer. People say, well look at the talent he has to work with, Miguel Cotto. Now he’s shown you what he does with other talent, another world champion, the second in a long line of champions to come. He orchestrated the camp, he orchestrated the fight plan, Juan went to camp to Puerto Rico with this man for two months, and you saw the result.

“He’s in a very exciting division with a lot of options. You’ve got Pacquiao and Hatton, you’ve got Bradley and Holt who are going to fight, you have Victor Ortiz, you have a bunch of guys at thirty-five who can move up. You have a division that is deep so we’re going to take some time and talk about it.

“I think Hermann beat Malignaggi and he beat Castillo, this is the first fight he really ever lost. I’ve been Juan’s promoter for a long time and he’s put 16 of 20 guys to sleep before, and I’ve never seen somebody get up from one of those shots he took in the third round. Unbelievable! Hermann competed each and every round. His ability to survive and come back was unbelievable.”

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