Undefeated World Boxing Council 140-Pound Champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ Meets International Boxing Federation 140-Pound Champ Juan ‘Iron Twins’ Urango
UNCASVILLE, Conn.—Two world champions from one of the most active and exciting weight divisions in boxing will meet in a unification bout on March 6 when undefeated World Boxing Council super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” faces International Boxing Federation junior welterweight champion Juan “Iron Twins” Urango at Mohegan Sun Arena. (HBO 9:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Tickets priced at $175, $95, $50 and $35 are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge-By-Phone number (800) 745-3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.
Alexander (19-0, 12 KOs), from St. Louis, won the vacant WBC 140-pound championship by stopping a former holder of that crown, Junior “The Hitter” Witter, when they met on Aug. 1 in Southern California.
Always a hot prospect, the 23-year-old Alexander successfully emerged from the shadow of fighting his entire career out of the Cory Spinks camp by displaying elusive defensive skills—no doubt picked up from his mentor—while unloading enough firepower to cause a tough Brit to quit on his stool.
Alexander has been building his unblemished record since high school. He served notice that he would be a force to be reckoned with after winning a unanimous decision over former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Jan. 19, 2008.
Urango (22-2-1, 17 KOs), a 29-year-old Colombian native now fighting out of Cooper City, Fla., is a two-time world champion. He won his first world title in 2006, defeating Ben Rabah to capture the IBF 140-pound crown.
In his next fight, Urango took on one of the toughest challenges of his career against then-undefeated Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, a match he lost by decision.
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Urgango regained the subsequently vacated IBF title on Jan 30, 2009, winning a unanimous decision over Herman Ngoudjo in Montreal.
Never one to skip a challenge, Urango ventured up to the 147-pound limit to face undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto in South Florida on May 30, 2009. He lost by decision.
Urango returned to 140 pounds to successfully defend his IBF junior welterweight title on Aug. 28 in South Florida against former two-time world champion and noted knockout artist Randall Bailey. The tall, long-armed Bailey, known for having one of the best right hands in the sport, sent Urango to the mat in the sixth round. The Colombian showed great fortitude to survive the round, then rallied to floor Bailey three times, leading Bailey’s corner to throw in the towel in the 11th round.
The event is being promoted by Don King Productions.