Izu Ugonoh on Signing His Deal With Al Haymon

By Ryan Burton, photo by Ryan Hafey/PBC

Poland's Izuagbe "Izu" Ugonoh (17-0) made headlines in December when he signed with boxing power broker Al Haymon. 

Ugonoh, who is trained by world class trainer Kevin Barry, had spent most of his recent career fighting in New Zealand on the undercards of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.  Parker is also trained by Barry.

The 30-year-old Ugonoh will return to the ring on Saturday against 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale (17-1) in a bout that will be televised on free-to-air FOX. 

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Ugonoh said that everything sort of just fell into place when asked about how he hooked up with Haymon.

"You know the boxing world is a small world. Everybody knows all the up and coming fighters and they look for potential and I believe I do have the potential to be right there in the mix. I have the opportunity and now it's all about making the most of it. That is my plan. This a challenge and I love a challenge and I expect to rise to the occasion and have a great night," Ugonoh told

When he signed with Haymon he wasn't really sure if he would get an opportunity to be in such a high profile fight right off but said that this is what he has worked so hard for.

"This is something I have been working hard to get to. The opportunity presented itself and I plan on taking advantage of it," said Ugonoh.

Barry recently told that a victory over Breazeale could lead Ugonoh to a fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder who faces Gerald Washington in the main event of Saturday night's triple header.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scene1 on 02-23-2017

I think Brazeale might be in for a shock... Izu has the potential to sit him on his backside. Will be a very interesting fight.

Comment by Kigali on 02-23-2017

[QUOTE=MoneyKasha;17447417]the problem with Al Haymon is although he gets his fighters great money they tend to then be complacent and go after easy pickings instead of fight top guys[/QUOTE] Yeah....except none of that is true.

Comment by 1mb11 on 02-23-2017

Dominic seems like a nice juicy steak getting served up. Why would he take this fight coming off a good title fight? Could have been built up to another big shot. Too bad for him!

Comment by Boxing Truth on 02-23-2017

[QUOTE=Drew Bundini Br;17447602][MENTION=15525]Money[/MENTION] Easy pickings is what Top Stank does with PAC! Harmon plays chess while Arum and Top Stank plays checkers!![/QUOTE] Top Rank has been the best promotional outfit in boxing history for 40 years. Haymon gets banned from…

Comment by Boxing Truth on 02-23-2017

[QUOTE=Drew Bundini Br;17447370]Haymon is the present and future of boxing! His fighters get what they're really worth!! They all thank him after every fight!! Smart move![/QUOTE] Wrong. They are not getting their worth, he is paying them out of pocket…

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