Izu Ugonoh

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Izuagbe Ugonoh
Statistics
Nickname(s) Izu
Weight(s) Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Reach 84 in (213 cm)
Nationality Polish
Born (1986-11-02) 2 November 1986 (age 30)
Szczecin, West Pomerania
Poland
Boxing record
Total fights 18
Wins 17
Wins by KO 14
Losses 1

Izuagbe Ugonoh (born November 2, 1986 in Szczecin, Poland) is a Polish professional boxer and kickboxer. He graduated from the Jędrzej Śniadecki University School of Physical Educations and Sport in Gdańsk. Ugonoh is currently ranked as the WBO number 12 and IBF number 13 heavyweight boxer in the world.

Biography[edit]

Izuagbe was born to Nigerian parents in the Polish city of Szczecin. He trained kick boxing at Gdańsk club GKSK Corpus. Due to his similarity in appearance and fighting style he is sometimes called the Polish Remy Bonjasky. He has also been inspired by Gökhan Saki.[citation needed]

In 2009, in the Austrian city of Villach, he won the Kickboxing World Championships gold medal in K-1 Rules to 91 kg, defeating Vladimir Mineev.[1] In 2010, he became European champion in the same formula in Baku. He met the local Zamig Athakishiyev in the final.[2][3]

On October 16, 2010, he made his debut as a boxer in Legionowo beating by a first round KO Igoris Papunia from Lithuania.[4] He fought his second professional fight on November 20, 2010, in a show in Nysa, during which he defeated Pavel Habra by technical KO in the first round.

Ugonoh also played a wrestling cameo in the Polish movie Afonia and the bees (2009) directed by Jan Jakub Kolski.

He calls himself a "black Pole" and says that he proudly represents Poland on international arena. He often jokes that when he looks into mirror, he "doesn't know what happened", referring to his skin color as ethnic Poles are White.[5]

Professional boxing titles[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
18 fights 17 wins 1 loss
By knockout 14 1
By decision 3 0
By disqualification 0 0
No contests 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
18 Loss[6] 17–1 United States Dominic Breazeale TKO 5 (10) , 0:50 25 Feb 2017 United States Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
17 Win 17–0 France Grégory Tony TKO 2 (10) , 2:26 01 Oct 2016 New Zealand Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Won vacant IBF Mediterranean heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Argentina Ricardo Humberto Ramírez KO 4 (10), 1:47 21 Jul 2016 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand Retained WBO Africa interim heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Vicente Sandez KO 1 (10), 1:11 05 Dec 2015 New Zealand Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand Retained WBO Africa interim heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 Ghana Ibrahim Labaran TKO 1 (10), 2:38 15 Oct 2015 New Zealand Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand Won WBA Oceania & WBO Africa interim heavyweight titles
13 Win 13–0 New Zealand Will Quarrie KO 2 (10), 2:14 01 Aug 2015 New Zealand Stadium Southland, Invercargill, New Zealand
12 Win 12–0 New Zealand Julius Long UD 8 13 Jun 2015 New Zealand Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand
11 Win 11–0 New Zealand Thomas Peato TKO 2 (6), 1:15 05 Mar 2015 New Zealand Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
10 Win 10–0 New Zealand Junior Maletino Iakopo TKO 2 (6), 1:04 16 Oct 2014 New Zealand Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
9 Win 9–0 Poland Lukasz Rusiewicz UD 6 23 Feb 2013 Poland Ergo Arena, Gdańsk, Poland
8 Win 8–0 France Mathieu Monnier TKO 5 (6) 08 Dec 2012 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
7 Win 7–0 Germany Björn Blaschke TKO 6 (6), 1:05 17 Mar 2012 Poland MOSiR Ice Rink, Krynica-Zdrój, Poland
6 Win 6–0 Latvia Florians Strupits TKO 1 (6), 1:50 03 Dec 2011 Poland Hilton Warsaw Hotel, Warsaw, Poland
5 Win 5–0 Turkey Fatih Ceyhan RTD 3 (4), 3:00 12 Nov 2011 Poland Gdynia Sports Arena, Gdynia, Poland
4 Win 4–0 Austria Patrick Berger TKO 2 (4), 2:08 15 Oct 2011 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
3 Win 3–0 Germany Rashid Raad UD 4 02 Apr 2011 Poland Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, Poland
2 Win 2–0 Czech Republic Pavel Habr TKO 1 (4), 2:47 20 Nov 2010 Poland AZS PWSZ Nysa, Nysa, Poland
1 Win 1–0 Lithuania Igor Papunia KO 1 (4), 1:29 16 Oct 2010 Poland Arena Legionowo, Legionowo, Poland Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Light Contact, Low Kick, K -1 Villach, Austria 19-26.10.2009 Rules". Polish Association of Kickboxing. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bałanda and European champions Ugonoh". trojmiasto.pl. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Description of the championship fights Izu website GKSK Corpus". gkskcorpus.pl. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Impressive victory 'Izu' in debut". ringpolska.pl. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ugonoh: Z dumą reprezentuję Polskę". sport.dziennik.pl. 24 March 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.ringtv.com/486308-dominic-breazeale-stops-izuagbe-ugonoh-round-5-thriller/

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