Weekend Review: Urango’s big night
Juan Urango: The beefy Colombian is one-dimensional – go forward, wing punches – but he’s strong, well-conditioned and fun to watch. He overwhelmed Herman Ngoudjo on Friday in Montreal to regain the IBF junior welterweight title he lost to Ricky Hatton. Urango now becomes a player around 140 pounds, although it’s difficult to imagine him beating the likes of Hatton, Manny Pacquiao or even Zab Judah.
Andr├® Huard: The timekeeper for Urango-Ngoudjo somehow managed to stretch the 10th round to 5 minutes, 10 seconds – 2:10 over the standard round. What the Canuck was he thinking?
BIGGEST LOSER II
Herman Ngoudjo: The native of Cameroon, hoping to win his first title in front of fans in his adopted hometown, showed nothing against Urango except for good conditioning and some reslience. He’s the most ordinary contender you’ll ever see. Who would want to pay to see this guy fight again?
BEST JACKSON DEBUT
John Jackson: The son of former three-time world title holder Julius Jackson stopped Alphonso Alexander in the second round of a junior middleweight bout in his pro debut on Friday in their native U.S. Virgin Islands. John’s brother Julius Jr., also making his debut, only outpointed Marvin Blair in a four-round super middleweight bout. If the younger Jacksons are half as exciting as their father, they’ll be fun to follow.
Marco Antonio Barrera: Barrera’s decision to have a tune-up fight in Mexico before his lucrative matchup Amir Khan in the UK backfired. Late replacement Freudis Rojas was DQ’d when he head butted Barrera and caused a deep gash above his left eye, which could jeopardize the Khan fight. Did Barrera really need the tune-up?
DeMarcus Corley: The former WBO junior welterweight titleholder, now 34, said going into his fight against Wilson Galli on Tuesday that he wants to become a titleholder again. However, before he stopped a journeyman named Donnell Logan in December, he lost six consecutive fights and eight of his previous 12. Good luck.
Ricardo Williams Jr.: The 2000 Olympic silver medalist outpointed Doel Carrasquillo in a 10-round welterweight fight Saturday in Cincinnati. We didn’t know Williams was still fighting.
Manny Pacquiao: The pound-for-pound king asked the wife of his driver for help with the U.S. banking system, according to a Los Angeles district attorney’s office statement. The woman, Pia Anatalia Quijada, then allegedy stole more than $89,000 from him. She was charged with grand theft and forgery. Ah, he can afford it.
California State Athletic Commission: What’s taking so long to determine whether Antonio Margarito had plaster in his hand wraps before he fought Shane Mosley on Jan. 24? Take it to Home Depot; they’ll tell you.
Yvon Michel: “Someone made a mistake,” said the co-promoter of the Urango-Ngoudjo card, referring to the time-keeping snafu.
Michael Rosenthal can be reached at [email protected]