as informed in “A lot of people say, I’m going to do this and I’m going to do that and I’m going to become a champion.
He deserves to be there.”(Photo at top of Ugonoh, right, and Breazeale during Friday’s weigh-in by Ryan Hafey, PBC)
“Now it’s Izu’s time to create his own path that takes him to a world title,” Barry said.
Ugonoh makes his U.S. debut tonight in the opening bout of the PBC on Fox telecast (8 p.m.
ET) that is headlined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, as he defends his title against Gerald Washington in his hometown at Legacy Arena.
as informed in BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale came back from two knockdowns and the brink of almost certain defeat Saturday night to knock out Polish fighter Izu Ugonoh in the fifth round at Legacy Arena in a rough-and-tumble battle.
In the third round, as Ugonoh appeared to be laying the wood, Breazeale suddenly dropped Ugonoh with a right hand, and the Polish fighter barely made the eight count.
In the fourth round, Ugonoh continued his assault and dropped Breazeale with a combination to the head and body, and Breazeale, his eyes beginning to swell shut, landed a wild right again that staggered Ugonoh.
Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KOs), born and raised in Poland to Nigerian parents, came out strong, landing thudding rights to the body that made Breazeale wince.
Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) made a successful return from his knockout at the hands of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2016.
as informed in Breazeale blasted a tiring Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KOs) with a right hand that sent Ugonoh to one knee early in the fifth round.
Seemingly on the verge of being knocked out in a second straight fight, Breazeale battled back to knock out powerful Polish prospect Izu Ugonoh in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round heavyweight fight at Legacy Arena.
As soon as the fifth round started, Breazeale, sensing Ugonoh had perhaps punched himself out, attacked his opponent and dropped him twice.
Referee Jeff Dodson stopped the entertaining, back-and-forth brawl 50 seconds into the fifth round.
Breazeale survived the round, though Ugonoh appeared to have regained control of the fight.
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