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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, March 6, 2010

Boxing: Alexander stops Urango in 7th round

Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. Devon Alexander knocked out Juan Urango with a right uppercut at 1:12 of the seventh round to unify the WBC and IBF light welterweight titles on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Alexander (20-0, 13 knockouts) made a successful defense of his WBC title, while taking away the IBF title from Urango.

Urango had won the sixth round on all three judges' cards and was carrying the action in the 7th until Alexander took control.

First, he knocked down Urango with a startling right uppercut. The Colombian, however, got up quickly, but appeared dazed. Alexander pounced with the right cross that wobbled Urango, and then followed up with the uppercut that finished the job.

Alexander, a southpaw from St. Louis, controlled the action in Round 1 with his jab, though he did take one good, hard right. Urango continued to stalk Alexander in Round 2, landing the occasional hook, but just as the bell sounded to end the round, Urango was blasted with a right to the head.

After an uneventful Round 3, things heated up in Round 4. Both fighters landed solid blows. A counter right hand by Urango caught Alexander flush the face, but it failed to slow him down.

Urango continued to be the aggressor in the fifth round, rattling Alexander with an uppercut midway through the round. Urango kept the pressure on in Round 6, and seemed to be frustrating Alexander with his relentless attack.

It was more of the same in the seventh. Urango landed the harder shots. Alexander scored with his jab. The momentum appeared to be clearly with Urango, whom the crowd began to get behind, sensing that an upset was likely.

Two well-place uppercuts and a right cross quickly dashed those hopes.

It was Alexander's first fight since August 2009 when he faced Junior Witter, who retired before the start of Round 8 because of a left hand injury. Alexander was comfortably ahead on all cards when the bout was stopped.

Urango's two previous losses came to fighters who were also unbeaten when he faced them.

Ricky Hatton was 41-0 when he handed Urango, who now fights out of Cooper City, Fla., his first loss in January 2007 in an IBF light welterweight title bout.

Andre Berto was 24-0 when he defeated Urango in May 2009 for the WBC welterweight title. Urango lost decisive unanimous decisions in both bouts.