Mama Said Knock You Out

It’s been some years since boxing has seen a puncher like Juan Urango. He’s got a no-holds-barred approach that blends discipline with pure power. It’s a style that brings buzz and excitement to a sport that more often than not lacks it. With his brutal, face-pummeling method of attack, the 27-year-old Colombian has earned not only a legion of fans but also comparisons to legendary pugilist “Iron” Mike Tyson (well, before he started biting people’s ears off and threatening to eat their children).

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In 2006, Urango won the IBF World Light Welterweight Championship by defeating Naoufel Ben Rabah. Just seven months later, in his first defense of the title, Urango went toe-to-toe with Ricky Hatton and lost in a 12-round decision. Now Urango is looking to get the title back, rampaging through opponents at an event titled The Knockout Kings. Tonight at 7:30 at Hard Rock Live, he faces South American champ Carlos Wilfredo Vilches, a man who, after 11 long years in the ring, is hungry for a title shot of his own. Tickets range from $25 to $150.
Wed., April 23, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 


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