Juan Urango vs. Randall Bailey
Juan Urango 139 lbs beat Randall Bailey 140 lbs by TKO at 1:51 in round 11 of 12
- Date: 2009-08-28
- Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
- Referee: Tommy Kimmons
- Judge: Alex Levin 96-90
- Judge: James Ged O'Connor 95-91
- Judge: Rocky Young 95-91
Aired On: ESPN Friday Night Fights (Main Event)
- International Boxing Federation Light Welterweight Title (1st defense of Urango)
- Juan Urango 21-2-1 (16 KOs) vs. Randall Bailey 39-6 (35 KOs)
- Urango entered as the # 8 junior welterweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Bailey, a 1.4-1 underdog, was unranked by the same publication.
- Urango was coming off a unanimous decision loss three months earlier to Andre Berto for the WBC Welterweight Title. Bailey came in having won four straight dating back to January of 2008.
In normal fashion, Urango came out in the opening round coming forward in his peekaboo style with a pawing jab followed occasionally with a big left. Bailey looked to work from the outside and counter with the right hand. The opening round saw both fighters go the canvas from slips. Urango stepped up his action in the second and likely took the round if by nothing more than work rate. The 3rd Round saw both fighters land more effectively as Urango worked well when on the inside and Bailey was able to pump in the right hand behind a jab that seemed to be used more for blocking Urango's vision that causing any damage. Distance worked in Urango's favor in Round 4 and he primarily targeted the body. He was warned in the round for a low blow. The 5th saw Bailey move around the ring trying to sneak in a quick right as Urango, largely following, continued to concentrate on the body. A big right hand near the one-minute mark in Round 6 put Urango down. It too opened a cut under his right eye. Later in the round, a punch by Urango caught Bailey off balance and caused his left glove to scrape the mat. It was not seen, however, by Tommy Kimmons and thus, no knockdown was ruled. In the 7th, Urango began to swell noticeably under his right eye. Urango landed a clean right to the chin in the 8th as Bailey seemed a step slower than in previous rounds. A thudding left hand near 45 seconds into Round 9, put Bailey down and flat on his back. He stayed down until the count of nine and was just able to beat the referee's count. Bailey would go down again the 9th as he was caught off balance by a knockout-minded Urango. A right hook to the body put a flailing Bailey down again in the 10th Round. He made it to his feet at the count of eight. It was clear in the 11th that Bailey was out of gas as he went down twice from slips and had to be instructed by Tommy Kimmons to get back to his feet. Following it occurring the second time and Bailey appearing spent, his corner came up to the ring apron and called an end to the bout.
- In the post-fight interview Urango, with the swelling of his right cheek nearly closing his eye, admitted that he was hurt a couple times in the early rounds by the right hand of Randall Bailey and knew that it was going to be a difficult fight. He referred to the punch that put him down as one of the hardest punches he'd felt.
- "He (Urango) knew how to behave like a champion when the time came." - ESPN's Teddy Atlas