Alexander-Urango: Devon and Juan fight it out in the, most competitive division
By Peter Wells: This Saturday 6th March at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut two fighters in the most highly competitive division of them all will meet in a WBC/IBF showdown. Devon Alexander the new World Boxing Council Light Welterweight champion of the world comes into the bout undefeated in just 19 pro fights, recently defeating British boxer Junior Witter. At 23, Alexander The Great from St Louis stands 5’7” with a 71” reach.
In the opposite corner will be tough warrior Juan Urango, the Colombian is a strong 22-2-1 at the age of 29. The Iron Twin is exactly the same height and has the same reach as Alexander.
Urango has been to Welterweight, but was unsuccessful and has shown great resistance and loves to dish out punishment to vulnerable opponents. Devon has to prove on Saturday he isn’t a vulnerable fighter. Alexander doesn’t want to go down the same road as Victor Ortiz, who was put in with a fighter like Juan Urango, who if your not ready then they’ll expose it.
If Juan can get Alexander into the trenches then he could put Alexander in deep waters, they question is, will he swim or sink? In the first round Alexander will be more focused on finding his footwork and getting in range, while Urango plods forward with his usual high held tight guard blocking the few punches that come his way. Alexander will be told by his corner before the fight to be patient, because this won’t be an easy contest. Alexander will start to liven the pace in round 2, showing the crowd his aggressive but calm style.
In rounds 3 and 4, Urango will start to go for his shots, getting in range and landing while Alexander is on the way out. Alexander will look quick, but won’t be able to avoid everything as he comes in with combinations. Devon will slow up a little in round 5, knowing he can’t get hit too many times downstairs, as Urango does so often. Urango will carry on approaching Alexander and pinning him on the ropes for split seconds to take the round.
Urango will start to come forward with more intent and will have longer spells in control in rounds 5 and 6. In the 7th Alexander will move more freely, scoring from different angles and giving the slower Urango big problems. Juan will start to feel like he’s being humiliated and will have to change his game plan. Alexander will still look lively in the 8th, bouncing in and out, landing very little flush but only taking very few in return.
Urango will start to catch Devon in the 9th, going to body then head, as he looks more and more desperate. Alexander will slow down again in the 10th, but still making sure he doesn’t get caught flush. In the 11th both fighters will start to go for the big finish, Urango going forward like a train, while Devon moves side to side trying to land those prefect shots that retired Witter.
In the last round Urango will forget about his guard and go all out, but Alexander will be too fast and land counters on the desperate face of Juan Urango. The fight will end with a huge burst from Alexander who will for the first time in the fight have Urango in serious trouble. Alexander will be way up on points and will be given the decision clearly by 5 or 6 rounds.