Heavyweight boxing champion Izu Ugonoh is switching to MMA. It was revealed over the weekend that the 33-year-old has officially signed to KSW and will make his MMA debut at the next KSW event – KSW 54, Date TBA.
Ugonoh posted a 18-2 record in boxing, registered 15 KO/TKO wins, and won multiple international boxing titles including IBF Mediterranean, WBO African, and WBA Oceania heavyweight titles. Prior to his professional boxing career he was a rising star in kickboxing and won the the WAKO World K1 Championships in 2009.
The Polish star has set up camp at the renowned WCA gym in Warsaw, Poland, home to the likes of Jan Blachowicz, Daniel Omielańczuk, Olympic medalist Damian Janikowski, and KSW legend Lukasz Jurkowski.
KSW CEO Martin Lewandowski spoke of his excitement of the signing of Izu Ugonoh:
“I am extremely happy to officially sign Izu Ugonoh to KSW. If you have watched him compete in boxing you will know how explosive and dynamic he is. He brings a striking skill set into MMA that will be hard for anyone to match and he is training with one of the best MMA gyms in all of Europe so I am excited to see how he transitions into the sport of MMA. His debut will come at the next KSW event and I promise you won’t have to wait too long for that. News will be revealed soon regarding KSW 54 and Izu’s debut.”