Izu Ugonoh: I Have To Be at My Best To Beat Dominic Breazeale

By Ryan Burton

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Izuagbe "Izu" Ugonoh will face his best opponent to date when he takes on former title challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-1) this Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama. 

The fight is part of a Fox televised triple header that is headlined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder's title defense against Gerald Washington.

The 30-year-old Ugonoh was born in Szczecin, Poland, to Nigerian parents and has a 17-0 record with 14 knockouts. He is a former Polish kickboxing champion and starred on the Polish version of Dancing with the Stars. He took up boxing in 2010.

Ugonoh has a master's degree from the Jedrzej Sniadecki School of Physical Education and Sports in Gdansk, Poland with a focus on becoming an elite, all-around fighter and has trained in kickboxing, boxing and martial arts.

"I'm feeling really good. Training has gone great. I am pushing myself to the limit. I trust the process and I am confident it is going to be a great fight," said Ugonoh.

Izu may be unbeaten but he is not underestimating Breazeale, who was stopped by IBF heavyweight weight champion Anthony Joshua last year in the United Kingdom. He knows he has to be at his best to come out with the victory.

"He is a good fighter. He has fought for a world title. I have been watching for a while now and I know he's a good fighter. That's why I wanted to take the fight. He's a big strong guy and I have to be at my best and follow my game plan to beat him," Ugonoh told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxAztinca on 02-23-2017

This goes 1, maybe 2 rounds. Brazaele is a bum

Comment by Heromaker on 02-22-2017

I'm looking forward to this fight

Comment by mlac on 02-22-2017

Izu is going to hit bumzeale so hard, he will turn into a crackhead like charles martin :lol1:

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