By Steve Kim
Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) is slated to return to the ring on February 25th. Originally he was scheduled to take on Artur Szpilka from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
"We had a couple of changes, (Szpilka) wanted to push things back, wanted more time to train, " Breazeale explained to BoxingScene.com on Monday afternoon from the Jackrabbit Boxing Academy in Long Beach, California.
"I'm one of those guys who wants to constantly be in the ring. If it were up to me I'd be in there once a month. It's one of those situations where I can't wait any longer. Let's get things rocking-and-rolling. I can't wait any longer."
Breazeale will now take on the undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KOs), who he admits he doesn't know much about. Ugonoh recently signed with Al boxing adviser Haymon and is trained by Kevin Barry, who handles WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
"I've never heard of him, this is the first I've heard of him. I just learned about him two weeks ago now," said Breazeale.
"He's 17-0, he stands about 6'3, 230 pounds. A lot of his fights have been like in New Zealand. I know he's trained alongside guys like Joseph Parker and things like that. So I know he's got the experience, we'll see on fight night.
Breazeale, who suffered his lone loss on June 25th as he was stopped by IBF heavyweight champion in seven rounds, says he is ready to move forward with his career.
"Physically, psychologically, I'm definitely there. I took some time off, self-evaluated, learned from my loss. You learn a lot more from a loss than you do with a win because you're critiquing yourself a lot more. I've learned a ton, I'm physically there, ready to go. Can't want to do it."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.