Breazeale: Ugonoh 'Has to Pay' for My Loss to Anthony Joshua

By Keith Idec, photo by Ryan Hafey/PBC

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Dominic Breazeale barely raised his voice, yet clearly delivered a message to Izuagbe Ugonoh.

Many fans and media might be looking at their 10-round heavyweight fight as the first step in the powerful Polish prospect’s ascent to becoming a legitimate heavyweight contender. But Breazeale believes their fight Saturday night represents a chance to show he can resurrect his career following a knockout loss to Anthony Joshua in his last fight.

“That last loss was a learning experience for me,” Breazeale said after the 6-feet-7 former college quarterback weighed in at a career-high 263 pounds Friday afternoon. “That was my first loss in 17 years. Izu’s gonna pay. Somebody’s gotta pay for that loss and Izu’s the next guy in line.”

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England’s Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) battered Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) on his way to recording a seventh-round technical knockout June 25 at O2 Arena in London. The 6-6, 250-pound Joshua dropped Breazeale twice before their one-sided fight was stopped.

The 6-3 Ugonoh, who weighed in at 230.6 pounds, hasn’t fought anyone nearly as good or strong as Joshua. Nevertheless, Ugonoh is more than a 2-1 favorite over Breazeale (17-0, 14 KOs), of Eastvale, California, a day before they’ll meet in one of three fights FOX will televise from Legacy Arena.

The Breazeale-Ugonoh fight will be one of three bouts broadcast by FOX on Saturday night (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

In the main event, Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), of nearby Tuscaloosa, is scheduled to defend his WBC heavyweight title against huge underdog Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs), a former USC football player from Vallero, California.

In the other televised fight, Detroit’s Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) is set to face Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, in a 12-round fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight title.

Harrison is the IBF’s second-ranked contender for the 154-pound championship Houston’s Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) relinquished recently. Hurd is rated No. 3 by the IBF.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bulldognyc on 02-27-2017

[QUOTE=bboy80;17452600]Or leaving the fridge alone lol.[/QUOTE] That too lol

Comment by juggernaut666 on 02-26-2017

[QUOTE=joe strong;17455917]He also had some tough fights with Kassi & Mansour. He got off the canvas against Mansour. So the experience factor was in his favour for sure because he had already dealt with some adversity in all 3 of…

Comment by joe strong on 02-26-2017

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;17455902]Breazeale would never get those shots off had he not had the chin which required him getting past rnd two. It was a big factor morso than who hit harder . We all knew Breazeale had the better chin and…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 02-26-2017

[QUOTE=joe strong;17455827]Breazeale has heart & can take a hell of a shot but he dropped him hard with some nice power punches just like he broke Mansour's jaw. The guy can punch & it's not like anyone knew how good…

Comment by Quiksilva on 02-26-2017

Lol at all you false predictions thinking Ugo was going to win, though he was the clear favorite going in so it's understandable.

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