By Phil Woolever
Juan Urango whipped a short right hook.
Carlos Wilfredo Vilches went splat.
With the fourth round flattening of well traveled Vilches, former IBF junior welterweight titlist Urango positioned himself for another belting opportunity, perhaps against Paulie Malignaggi this summer.
Urango’s highlight reel knockout on the Wednesday night edition of ESPN Boxing from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Hollywood, Florida should position him for bigger and better things inside the strands.
“This was for Columbia and my family,” said a pumped up Urango. “I’m ready to fight Ricky Hatton again or any other champion who’s willing to fight me.”
After winning the vacant IBF strap from Naoufel Ben Rabah in June of 2006, Urango dropped a close decision to Hatton in January of ’07. He’s looked hungry ever since.
Against Vilches, Urango showed defensive flaws and a limited assault, but he’s hard rock strong enough to blast his way past stylistic limitations.