Efe Ajagba

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Efe Ajagba
Statistics
Real nameEfe Ajagba
Nickname(s)The One and Only
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Reach85 in (216 cm)
NationalityNigerian
Born (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 25)
Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights11
Wins11
Wins by KO9
Losses0

Efe Ajagba (born 22 April 1994) is a Nigerian professional boxer.

Early life[edit]

Ajagba was born on 22 April 1994 in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria.[1] He formerly worked in a bakery.[2]

Boxing career[edit]

Ajagba took up the sport of boxing in 2011 after previously playing football for a club in Ughelli since 2005.[2] He was coached by Anthony Konyegwachie.[2]

Ajagba was selected to compete for the Nigerian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow. Competing in the super heavyweight division he defeated Junior Fa of Tonga in the round of 16 and Paul Schafer of South Africa in the quarterfinals.[1] He advanced to the semifinals where he was defeated by Joseph Goodall of Australia, meaning Ajagba won a bronze medal.[1][3]

At the 2015 African Games held in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Ajagba was selected as the Nigerian entrant in the men's super heavyweight event. He won the gold medal, beating Keddy Angnes of the Seychelles by a score 3–0 in the final.[4][5][6]

In 2016 he won the gold medal in the super heavyweight event at the African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. By doing so Ajagba qualified to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[7] In the first round Ajagba beat Ugandan Michael Sekamembe on points,[8] he defeated Tunisian boxer Aymen Trabelsi in the semifinal to secure his qualification,[9] then in the final he beat Mohamed Arjaoui of Morocco.[10] Ajagba was the only Nigerian boxer of the ten who competed to qualify for Rio through the tournament, leading to claims from Nigeria's coach Konyegwachie that judges had been bribed.[11] On August 24, 2018, Ajagba scored the fastest victory in boxing history in a match against Curtis Harper, winning via a 1-second disqualification after Harper walked out of the ring in protest over a pay dispute.[12][13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
11 fights 11 wins 0 losses
By knockout 9 0
By decision 1 0
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
11 Win 11–0 Turkey Ali Eren Demirezen UD 10 20 Jul 2019 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
10 Win 10–0 Germany Michael Wallisch TKO 2 (10), 1:40 27 Apr 2019 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US
9 Win 9–0 United States Amir Mansour RTD 2 (8), 3:00 9 Mar 2019 United States Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, US
8 Win 8–0 United States Santino Turnbow TKO 1 (6), 2:22 22 Dec 2018 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
7 Win 7–0 United States Nick Jones KO 1 (6), 2:25 30 Sep 2018 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, US
6 Win 6–0 United States Curtis Harper DQ 1 (6), 0:01 24 Aug 2018 United States Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US Harper was disqualified after leaving the ring
5 Win 5–0 United States Dell Long KO 1 (6), 0:35 26 May 2018 United States Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, US
4 Win 4–0 United States Antonio Johnson KO 1 (6), 1:14 10 Mar 2018 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, US
3 Win 3–0 United States Rodney Hernandez TKO 5 (6), 1:31 4 Nov 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
2 Win 2–0 United States Luke Lyons TKO 1 (6), 2:19 21 Oct 2017 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US
1 Win 1–0 United States Tyrell Herndon KO 1 (6), 1:29 30 Jul 2017 United States Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California, US Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Efe Ajagba Biography". Official website of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Ajagba: The baker who struck gold in Brazzaville". Punch Nigeria. Yohaig Online. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Ajagba: I Wanted Football, But Boxing Gave Me Better Opportunities". Complete Sports Nigeria. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Four APB boxers win gold at the All Africa Games". AIBA. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ "African Games: Nigeria wins 4 gold, 2 silver medals in boxing". Premium Times. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ Bonnelame, Betymie (15 September 2015). "Seychelles clinches gold in ladies High Jump at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Rio 2016: Ajagba only Nigerian boxer to book ticket". Vanguard Nigeria. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  8. ^ Okosi, Izuchukwu (13 March 2013). "Africa Boxing Championship: Ajagba, Apochi Tipped For Olympic Glory". Complete Sports Nigeria. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  9. ^ Agberebi, James (19 March 2016). "Nigeria's Ajagba Clinches Rio Olympics Boxing Spot". Complete Sports Nigeria. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  10. ^ Agberebi, James (20 March 2016). "Boxing: Ajagba Wins Nigeria's Only African Gold As Linus Misses Olympics". Complete Sports Nigeria. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  11. ^ Morgan, Liam (24 March 2016). "Exclusive: Claims of bribery at African Olympic Qualification Event by Nigerian coach dismissed as "unacceptable" by AIBA". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Curtis Harper walks out of bout with Efe Ajagba in pay protest". BBC. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Ajagba vs Harper Full Fight: August 24, 2018 - PBC on FS1". YouTube. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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