Urango Defeats Athumani
Former IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (18-1-1, 14 KOs) came back from an early first round scare, in which he was stunned by several punches thrown by Kenyan fighter Nasser Athumani (20-5-1, 16 KOs), to stop him eventually in the fourth round of their scheduled 10-round bout at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout was supposed to be an easy one for the former champion Urango, who was coming back from a recent disappointing 12-round title loss to Ricky Hatton, but Athumani came within an eyelash of stopping Urango in the first after connecting with several right hand shots that badly hurt Urango. Before being hurt by Athumani, Urango looked supremely confident as he at first stalked Athuman, and then knocked him down with a beautiful combination.
It didn’t seem as if Athumani would make it up, and even if he did, it looked as if he was going to be blown out of the ring by Urango. However, once he got to his feet, Athumani looked fighting mad as he immediately unleashed a wicked left hand followed by a straight right which crashed into Urango’s head as he was coming forward, thinking knockout thoughts of his own, perhaps, and immediatlely stopped him in his tracks, hurting him badly. Athumani followed up with an assortment of choice looking right hands and left hooks, seemingly unable to miss any punches on the slow moving Urango, who probably has never considered the defensive side of boxing a particularly interesting topic.
By some minor miracle, Urango made it out of the round, but he looked absolutely horrible in between rounds, looking around as if he were tipsy from having drank a bottle of good wine. In the round 2nd round, Athumani followed up with more of the same, beating Urango from one side of the ring to the other with right hands and left hooks to the head. On occasion, Urango was able to land a few shots of his own, but more often than not, he missed badly with his wild punches and looked rather amateurish in the process.
In rounds three, Urango looked as if he had recovered fully from the earlier damage, and was more successful at landing his punches against Athumani. Still, though, Urango was getting hit far too often for a fighter that is considered a top 10 talent in the junior welterweight division. Luckily for Urango, Athumani’s reputation for having a fragile china-chin rang true to form, as in the very next round, Urango landed four consecutive right hands that sent Athumani down for the count. After making it to his feet, he let the referee know that he didn’t want to continue fighting, and just like that, the fight was over.