KSW signs boxing prospect Izu Ugonoh

Izu Ugonoh
INVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 01: Heavyweight Izu Ugonoh during his fight against Will Quarrie ahead of the bout between Joseph Parker of New Zealand and Bowie Tupou of Tonga on August 1, 2015 in Invercargill, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

KSW, Europe’s largest MMA organization, has just signed Polish boxer Izugabe Ugonoh. The heavyweight has amassed a record of 18-2 in professional boxing, successfully claiming three regional belts along the way. However, after two KO losses, Izu Ugonoh seeks to try his hand at MMA. The Jędrzej Śniadecki university graduate will debut at KSW 54.

Izu Ugonoh, heavyweight boxing prospect, signed by KSW

Izu Ugonoh: Heavyweight Prospect

This will actually be Izu Ugonoh’s third go at a combat sport.  having previously achieved success on the Polish kickboxing circuit. After transitioning to boxing Ugonoh seemed like a promising heavyweight prospect.

After winning the IBF Mediterranian heavyweight title Ugonoh was set to fight former world heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale. However, “Trouble” proved to be too much for Ugonoh. Ugonoh started strong, using an effective stiff jab to make his way inside and finding Breazeale’s body with hooks and straights alike. But in the third round, Breazeale came out swinging, drawing Ugonoh into exchanges and dropping him. Ugonoh was seriously hurt but fought back, hurting Breazeale in turn. Every time one gained an advantage the other would fight their way back in. That third round was awarded Round of the Year by Ring magazine.

In the fourth Ugonoh initially seemed to be on the defensive but he stunned Breazeale with a body shot and dropped him with a fierce series of hooks. But now Ugonoh was too exhausted to capitalize. Breazeale would take the offensive once more in the fifth, dropping Ugonoh with some hard rights before a final combination that sent Ugonoh down, crashing through the ropes.

Ugonoh’s defence in exchanges may leave something to be desired. However, his extremely effective bodywork, terrifying power, and good shot selection are sure to make him a serious threat to not only the KSW heavyweight roster but the global MMA heavyweight scene.

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