Hatton can be hit, there is no question about that. Kostya Tszyu will end up, in my view, being his career defining performance.
I saw Hatton fight in person against Luis Collazo last year in Boston. Like I say, he can be hit. Collazo did a number on him and had him wobbly. I wasn't as impressed with Hatton as I thought that I would be. He looked nothing like he did against Tszyu or in many of his other dominant performances.
Maybe Hatton just had an off night aganst Collazo to some extent. He was fighting at 147 for the first time and had little time to prepare for a larger foe who was a tricky left-hander. To his credit, Hatton admitted that Collazo hurt him and that 147 was not where he belonged.
Juan Urango is a southpaw like Collazo, but he's much slower than Collazo and he's a flat-footed guy. Urango is a stalker who showed against Ben Rabah that he hasn't learned to cut off the ring against an opponent who moves just a little bit. His entire game is to catch you with a big shot from long range. He doesn't do a lot of work on the inside. He reminds me of an older Mike Tyson who despite his short arms, powerful build and power-punching style never really did a lot of work in the trenches. Urango is strong and he won't have to go looking for Hatton like he did in his last fight against Rabah.
I think this fight will be a rucking and mauling type affair. Hatton will hold and bully on the inside and get in his shots to the body. He'll be busier than Urango. The referee will play a large part in this one and I hope it's not Jay Nady because if it is he will dominate the fight. Tony Weeks would be perfect for this one because he will let them fight. Urango is pretty skilled with his head so that is going to be a factor for Hatton's somewhat sensitive facial skin.
I don't know if Hatton can stop Urango. Again, these two guys are going to do a lot of wrestling and clinching and are going to be punching while one hand is free and the other one is tied up. Hatton is rough and busy and he's a lot quicker with his hands and on his feet than Urango is. His inside game is as good as anyone's and he uses angles very well. If he uses his footwork, which I feel is exceptional, and gets the angles on Urango he will throw the heavy footed Colombian off balance. Urango has a hard time when guys move to the left on him.
If Hatton takes his time and mixes some movement and boxing in with his inside game I think he'll do a job on Urango and really expose him. Hatton can make this fight easy if he wants to. Hatton has great boxing skills as he showed against Ben Tackie. My prediction is that Hatton wins a decision something in the order of 9-3 in rounds.