History | Jan 20 2018

On This Day: Ricky Hatton edges Juan Urango in tougher than expected Las Vegas showdown

Ricky Hatton began his unforgettable Las Vegas adventure on January 20, 2007, writes Matt Bevan
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RICKY HATTON began the Las Vegas journey that captured the imagination of British boxing fans On This Day back in 2007, when he picked up his 42nd straight victory and the IBF light-welterweight belt, beating Juan Urango by a wide unanimous decision at the Paris Hotel.

It was Hatton’s debut in Vegas and the victory set the wheels in motion for a huge fight with Floyd Mayweather later in the year. “The Hitman” was fighting for the first time in seven months, since he captured the WBA welterweight title from Luis Collazo in Boston.

Hatton was making the step back down to light-welter and came up against Urango, the tough Colombian, who had made rapid progress through the pro ranks, to pick up the title Hatton had himself vacated in just his 18th fight.