Urango-Vilches title elimination bout headlines ESPN card on April 23rd

He’s put in his time in the gym, he’s learned from the tactical mistakes of the past, and now former junior welterweight champion Juan Urango is ready to re-take his crown. But first, the “Iron Twin” must get by South American Champion Carlos Wilfredo Vilches on Wednesday, April 23rd, as ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida for “THE KNOCKOUT KINGS”, an explosive night of world-class boxing action..

Urango vs Vilches, a 12 round IBF title elimination bout, headlines a Hard Rock Live Hollywood, FL bout card presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bell rings at 7:30pm. ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights broadcast begins at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.

In the co-feature, middleweight sensation “Mean” Joe Greene is wasting no time getting back into the ring after his spectacular showing against Francisco Mora in February, and he will take on an opponent to be announced in a 10 round contest.

Tickets for “THE KNOCKOUT KINGS”, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, are on sale now, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or

The former WBO world junior welterweight champion and one of the most exciting fighters in the game today, Juan Urango (19-1-1, 15 KOs) is on the road back to a world title after early TKO wins over Nasser Athumani and Marty Robbins. Now just one fight away from a championship bout, the 27-year old southpaw knockout artist’s training is reaching a fever pitch as he prepares for Vilches.

A native of San Rafael, Argentina, Carlos Wilfredo Vilches (52-7-2, 31 KOs) has been one of the toughest competitors in the world at 140 pounds for much of his 11 year pro career. A fighter who has battled the best, such as Ricky Hatton, Sharmba Mitchell, and Joel Julio, the South American junior welterweight champion feels the time is right for him to finally strap a world title belt around his waist, something that will be within his grasp if he beats Urango on April 23rd.

Currently ranked seventh in the world by the WBA and 12th by the WBO, NABA and NABO middleweight champion “Mean” Joe Greene’s rapid ascension up the ranks has been nothing short of amazing. Unbeaten in 18 pro fights (with 13 KOs), the southpaw boxer-puncher made a huge statement in Madison Square Garden on February 23rd when he stopped rugged 64 fight veteran Francisco Mora in ten one-sided rounds. Looking to elevate to the next level this year, the 22-year old Greene is one of boxing’s brightest young stars.

Article posted on 11.03.2008

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