If you're a Kiwi boxing fan, the name Izuagbe Ugonoh will likely remind you of Joseph Parker's early rise up the heavyweight ranks.
Over a two-period between 2014 and 2016, the 33-year-old Polish fighter, who was Parker's training partner, fought eight times in Aotearoa. He was the perfect supporting act on Parker's undercards, with his heavy hands producing a string of knockout victories. Ugonoh racked up seven stoppage wins and captured the WBO African Heavyweight Title and IBF Mediterranean Heavyweight Title while fighting on our shores.
Losses to Dominic Breazeale and Łukasz Różański put the breaks on his boxing ambitions, but this Sunday, Aug. 30 (NZ Time) Ugonoh will make his MMA debut fighting under KSW's banner. The Polish promotion is one of the biggest in Europe, in 2017 over fifty-five thousand fans watched KSW 39 take place in the Polish capital of Warsaw.
Ugonoh, who was born in Poland but whose parents are Nigerian, will take on former Glory heavyweight Quentin 'Ruskov' Domingos in the co-main event of KSW 54. The chances of this fight going the distance are slim, but it should be a lot of fun to watch as long as it lasts.
If you're an Ugonoh fan from way back, you can watch the PPV at KSW TV.
Written by Michael Clifton
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