Sunday, 26 February 2017

Breazeale outlasts Ugonoh in a firefight.

2012 US Olympian and former world title challenger Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) returned to action following the Joshua defeat last night, by taking on unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KO) in what turned out to be a mini classic at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ugonoh sprung out of the blocks from the outset, relentlessly smashing away at the huge trunk of Breazeale, forcing the bigger man to keep it long range..  Ugonoh’s rifling shots appeared to catch the eye more, while Breazeale seemed to telegraph with looping punches..  The bout caught fire in third, both guys launching missiles, with Ugonoh getting the upper hand, yet it was Breazeale who drew first blood, clipping the Polish import on the way in to score the first significant knockdown..  Ugonoh rallied back with a vengeance to cut Breazeale’s over the left eye, physically rocking him with solid right hands..  Ugonoh maintained the pressure throughout the fourth, scoring a solid knockdown of his own, leaving Breazeale shaken and looking ready to go. Breazeale however managed to swing things his way in the fifth, and with the eye swelling worsening, let it all hang out, mounting an attack of well placed head shots to score a much needed knockdown, Ugonoh rose at 8, but was ill prepared to cope with such a crisis, Breazeale trapping him on the ropes before unleashing relentless shots to knock Ugonoh onto the apron, offering the referee no option but to halt the scheduled 10-rounder at 0:50 of Round 5.
It's a bitter pill to swallow for Ugonoh, but it's valuable experience learned at the hands of a man who showed that little bit more substance when the going got tough..