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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Dominic Breazeale had to muster every ounce of will to survive a badly swollen right eye and a knockdown to floor Izuagbe Ugonoh twice and win a dramatic fifth round TKO last night at the Legacy Arena.
The previously undefeated Ugonoh stormed out the gate with an aggressive attack to Breazeale’s body. The multiple hooks to the body were loud, thudding shots. Breazeale retaliated by exploiting Ugonoh’s low guard with consistent jabs and overhand rights.
Breazeale’s counter right paid off in the third when he floored Ugonoh in an exchange. Undeterred, Ugonoh continued to press the action and hurt Breazeale badly with multiple overhand rights to score his own knockdown in the fourth.
With both men tired, the fight came down to who would land the next big punch. Breazeale took advantage of a backpedaling Ugonoh by feinting a left jab to the body and coming over the top with an overhand right that knocked the African challenger through the ropes.
The win improves Breazeale’s record to 18-1 (16 KOs) in his first return bout since losing by TKO to Anthony Joshua last June.