Dominic Breazeale Training Camp Notes
In just under two weeks, former world title challenger
Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (17-1, 15 KO's) makes his
anticipated return to the ring against Izu Ugonoh (17-0, 14
KO's) on February 25, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. The
intriguing heavyweight match up is scheduled to open up the
Premier Boxing Champions telecast on Fox Television. This
will be Breazeale's first bout since taking on IBF world
heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua last summer in a
courageous and spirited effort, which took place in London,
Since then, Breazeale has taken some well deserved time off
and has been in camp for the last eight weeks, preparing for
his return bout with world renowned trainer Manny Robles.
The heavyweight contender took some time out of his busy
schedule to answer some questions about his bout with
Joshua, his training camp, and his upcoming bout with Ugonoh
on February 25th.
How was your experience going to England and fighting for
the IBF world heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua?
"You know, travelling to England and fighting for the world
heavyweight title was a great experience. From the time I
got off the plane, to going to the hotel and eating out and
everyone knowing who you are, it was definitely a good
experience. I came to England with hopes of bringing back
the title to the United States, but unfortunately it didn't
go as planned."
"But I earned the respect of the boxing world and I came to
fight that night and didn't back down at all. I learned more
from that one loss, then the seventeen combined fights I
won. I realized that I was better than I thought I was.
Since then, my stock has risen and I can't wait to get back
out there in the ring and show everyone that I am deserving
of another shot at the title whether it's a rematch against
Joshua or a shot at Deontay Wilder or Jospeh Parker. I put
the heavyweight division on notice that I am a legitimate
You were originally supposed to fight Artur Szpilka. Why was
there a switch in opponents?
"Yes, I was scheduled to fight Artur Szpilka and then I was
told by my management that I would no longer be fighting
him. I am not sure what issues he had or if was determined
by others that it wouldn't be a good television fight due to
his style. I was already in camp training with southpaws, so
I prepared for Szpilka either way. Now we have moved on and
are preparing for Ugonoh."
How is training camp going?
"Training camp is going really well. I was in camp before
the fight was announced so I am in great shape. My coaches
Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso have a great fight plan for me
and my strength and conditioning is also going well with
coach Darryl Hudson. We are going back to the basics and
just trying to master the jab and the one-two followed up by
great shots that will have my opponent hitting the canvas."
"One of my issues was just always trying to get that KO and
thinking about it instead of just moving my hands and
letting things open up. I have been working on that with my
sparring partners and we are improving every day."
What do you know about your opponent Izu Ugonoh?
"To be honest, I never really heard of him until my
management asked me if I wanted to fight him. I looked him
up and saw some video footage of him. As I understand it, he
used to be a kick boxer who transformed into a boxer. He has
some boxing skills and it looks like it will be a great
match up for the fans."
"Two heavyweights moving towards each other and throwing
punches always has the possibility of fireworks and somebody
getting knocked out. Coach Manny and I have reviewed film
and we have a great plan come fight night. I clearly am the
bigger and stronger fighter so I definitely think I have the
How does it feel to have your bout being nationally
televised live on Fox television?
"You know, I have been blessed to have my last four fights
nationally televised on the Premier Boxing Champions series
with this being the fifth. It feels great and I am thankful
to my management for allowing me the platform to showcase my
skills. I have a great fan base which has grown so much
since my last fight and I am glad that they are able to
continue to follow me and my continued success."
"It's awesome that this fight is on regular Fox and you
don't need to have an expensive cable plan or pay to see the
fights on February 25th. PBC is bringing it back to old days
when you could see Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Leonard on
regular television before cable was popular. Free boxing is
great for the fans."
What are your expectations for the fight with Ugonoh and how
it plays out?
"I'm coming to Alabama to win, plain and simple. Ugonoh has
never been on a stage like this and I may put the gas on the
pedal and pressure him a bit and let him know what it is
like to be in the ring with a man who is 6'7", 250 pounds
imposing his will on him. It is going to be 10 rounds of
hell for him if he lasts that long."
"This is a must win for me if I expect to get another shot
at the title and he is the next obstacle in the way. Come
February 25th, the fans at the Legacy Arena in Alabama and
people watching all over the world will be guaranteed a