It’s taken two long years, three wins and three knockouts, but on Friday, January 30th, Juan Urango will finally get the opportunity to win back his IBF junior welterweight title when he takes on Herman Ngoudjo for the vacant crown at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Needless to say, Urango can’t wait for his chance to shine once again. “Every day since January 20, 2007, I’ve thought about winning my title back,” said Urango, who lost his belt via a hard-fought decision to Ricky Hatton that night.
“I’ve put in the hard work, knocked out every one that was put in front of me, and now I’m ready to do the same to Herman Ngoudjo. Even though we’re in his hometown, I don’t care, because he’s not going to hear the final bell.”
Since the Hatton fight, the 28-year old southpaw from Monteria, Colombia has been in devastating form, stopping Nasser Athumani and Marty Robbins and knocking out Carlos Wilfredo Vilches, with none of the fights getting past the fifth round. Now Urango (20-1-1, 16 KOs) is looking for his fourth straight KO against the aggressive Ngoudjo (17-2, 9 KOs), a native of Cameroon who now makes his home in Montreal.
“Ngoudjo is a good fighter, I respect him, and I’m not taking him lightly,” said Urango, “but if he thinks he can stand in front of me and trade punches, he’s crazy. He doesn’t have the punch to hurt me and while he has a good chin, it can’t take the punishment I’m going to deliver. I’ve waited too long for this moment to be denied now.”
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