|Real name||Juan Fernando Urango Rivas|
October 4, 1980|
Montería, Córdoba, Colombia
|Wins by KO||17|
Juan Fernando Urango Rivas (born October 4, 1980), best known as Juan Urango, is a Colombian former professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2012. He held the IBF junior welterweight title twice between 2006 and 2010, and challenged once for the WBC welterweight title in 2009. His nickname of "Iron Twin" is a reference to his twin brother, Pedro Urango, who is also a former boxer.
Urango made his professional debut on April 30, 2002, scoring a second-round knockout against Efrain Sotomayor. On August 5, 2004, Urango challenged Mike Arnaoutis for the WBO–NABO light welterweight title, but their fight ended in a majority draw. In his next fight, on December 16, 2004, Urango stopped Ubaldo Hernandez to win the vacant WBC Latino light welterweight title. He unified this with the IBF Latino title by knocking out Francisco Campos in five rounds on April 22, 2005. Urango won his first world championship—the vacant IBF light welterweight title—on June 20, 2006, by scoring a unanimous decision (UD) over Naoufel Ben Rabah, but would lose by the same result in his first defense, on January 20, 2007, against Ricky Hatton (who had vacated the title in March 2006).
2009 was a busy year for Urango: on January 30, 2009, he regained the IBF title (which was again vacant) by defeating Herman Ngoudjo via UD. On May 30, Urango briefly moved up to welterweight, but lost an uncompetitive UD to WBC champion Andre Berto. Returning on August 28, Urango faced Randall Bailey in defense of his IBF light welterweight title. In an action-packed fight, Urango was knocked down for the first time in his career, but responded by knocking down Bailey three times to score a late stoppage in the eleventh round.
On March 6, 2010, Urango attempted to unify his IBF title with that of WBC champion Devon Alexander. The fight was competitive through eight rounds, until Alexander landed a hard right uppercut to send Urango to the canvas. Despite being badly hurt, Urango managed to beat the referee's count and continue momentarily, but was then floored again. He got up for a second time, but the referee deemed him unable to continue. Urango would spend more than two years away from the sport, retiring to work on a pig farm he had bought in Colombia. He had two comeback fights against journeyman opposition on April 26 and September 14, 2012, but has not fought since.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|28 fights||24 wins||3 losses|
|28||Win||24–3–1||Oney Valdez||KO||5 (10), 1:57||Sep 14, 2012||Centro Recreativo Tacasuam, Montería, Colombia|
|27||Win||23–3–1||Cristian Chavez||KO||2 (10), 0:59||Apr 26, 2012||Expo Bancomer, Mexico City, Mexico|
|26||Loss||22–3–1||Devon Alexander||TKO||8 (12), 1:12||Mar 6, 2010||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.||Lost IBF light welterweight title;|
For WBC light welterweight title
|25||Win||22–2–1||Randall Bailey||TKO||11 (12), 1:51||Aug 28, 2009||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||Retained IBF light welterweight title|
|24||Loss||21–2–1||Andre Berto||UD||12||May 30, 2009||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||For WBC welterweight title|
|23||Win||21–1–1||Herman Ngoudjo||UD||12||Jan 30, 2009||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won vacant IBF light welterweight title|
|22||Win||20–1–1||Carlos Wilfredo Vilches||KO||4 (12), 1:45||Apr 23, 2008||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.|
|21||Win||19–1–1||Marty Robbins||TKO||5 (10), 2:44||Dec 5, 2007||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.|
|20||Win||18–1–1||Nasser Athumani||TKO||4 (10), 2:59||Aug 31, 2007||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|19||Loss||17–1–1||Ricky Hatton||UD||12||Jan 20, 2007||Paris Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost IBF light welterweight title;|
For vacant IBO light welterweight title
|18||Win||17–0–1||Naoufel Ben Rabah||UD||12||Jun 30, 2006||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||Won vacant IBF light welterweight title|
|17||Win||16–0–1||Andre Eason||TKO||7 (12), 2:59||Aug 26, 2005||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBC Latino light welterweight title|
|16||Win||15–0–1||Francisco Campos||KO||5 (12), 1:46||Apr 22, 2005||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBC Latino light welterweight title;|
Won IBF Latino light welterweight title
|15||Win||14–0–1||Ubaldo Hernandez||TKO||2 (12), 2:35||Dec 16, 2004||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Latino light welterweight title|
|14||Draw||13–0–1||Mike Arnaoutis||MD||12||Aug 5, 2004||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||For WBO–NABO light welterweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Sergey Sorokin||UD||6||Jun 8, 2004||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Levan Kirakosyan||PTS||8||Feb 6, 2004||Guadalajara, Spain|
|11||Win||11–0||Frank Oppong||PTS||6||Oct 11, 2003||Soria, Spain|
|10||Win||10–0||Marcos Munoz||KO||2 (8)||Sep 26, 2003||Alameda Palace Hotel, Salamanca, Spain|
|9||Win||9–0||Ricardo Antonio Vieira||KO||1 (6)||Jul 24, 2003||Ordizia, Spain|
|8||Win||8–0||Luis Martinez||KO||1 (6)||Dec 22, 2002||Colombia|
|7||Win||7–0||Eduardo Morales||KO||2||Oct 21, 2002||Colombia|
|6||Win||6–0||Amaury Racero||TKO||2 (6)||Aug 30, 2002||Montería, Colombia|
|5||Win||5–0||Dagoberto Geles||KO||5||Jul 27, 2002||Colombia|
|4||Win||4–0||Pedro Fuentes||TKO||3 (10)||Jul 26, 2002||Colombia|
|3||Win||3–0||Luis Blandon||KO||3||Jun 15, 2002||Cartagena, Colombia|
|2||Win||2–0||Amaury Racero||KO||2||May 21, 2002||Colombia|
|1||Win||1–0||Efrain Sotomayor||KO||2 (6)||Apr 30, 2002||Montería, Colombia||Professional debut|
- "Urango wins Hatton's vacant title". BBC Sport. BBC. July 2, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Dirs, Ben (January 21, 2007). "Hatton regains IBF crown in Vegas". BBC Sport. BBC. July 2, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Kimball, George Edward (January 31, 2009). "Urango proved all wrong for Ngoudjo". ESPN. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Vester, Mark (May 31, 2009). "Berto Dominates Urango For a Unanimous Decision". BoxingScene. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Norby, Michael (August 30, 2009). "Urango Climbs Off The Floor To Score Late Stoppage Victory Over Bailey". SecondsOut Boxing News. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- "Alexander stops Urango". Sky Sports. Sky. March 7, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Rafael, Dan (April 13, 2012). "Promoter: Urango a no-go without us". ESPN. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Palmer Jr., Socrates (January 29, 2009). "Juan Urango Follows His Faith". boxingtalk.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byCarlos Maussa
| WBC Latino
light welterweight champion
December 16, 2004 – May 2006
Title next held byAmerico Santos
Title last held byLuis Alberto Santiago
| IBF Latino
light welterweight champion
April 22, 2005 – August 2005
Title next held byHeraclides Barrantes
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byRicky Hatton
| IBF junior welterweight champion
June 30, 2006 – January 20, 2007
Title last held byPaulie Malignaggi
| IBF junior welterweight champion
January 30, 2009 – March 6, 2010