|Nickname(s)||The One and Only|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Reach||220 cm (85 in)|
|Born||22 April 1994|
Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria
|Wins by KO||12|
Efe Ajagba (born 22 April 1994) is a Nigerian professional boxer who holds the record for the fastest victory in boxing history after his opponent was disqualified for leaving the ring one second after the opening bell. As an Amateur boxing amateur he won a gold medal at the 2015 African Games and bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
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. He advanced to the semifinals where he was defeated by Joseph Goodall of Australia, meaning Ajagba won a bronze medal.
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.
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. In the first round Ajagba beat Ugandan Michael Sekamembe on points, he defeated Tunisian boxer Aymen Trabelsi in the semifinal to secure his qualification, then in the final he beat Mohamed Arjaoui of Morocco. 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.
After compiling a perfect record of 5-0, on 24 August 2018 Ajagba scored the fastest victory in boxing history in a match against Curtis Harper, winning in one second via disqualification after Harper walked out of the ring in protest over a pay dispute.
After improving to 12-0, on 7 March 2020, Ajagba fought Razvan Cojanu. In a one-sided fight, Ajagba distmantled his opponent round by round, and managed to score knockdowns both in eighth and in the ninth round. In the ninth, Cojanu took a knee with 2:25 left in the round, and the referee decided to stop the fight.
In his next fight, Ajagba made his Top Rank debut and fought Jonathan Rice on 19 September 2020. The fight ended up being less entertaining than expected, especially because Ajagba was not throwing a lot of punches. He did however, still do enough to hurt Rice and earn a unanimous decision victory. Ajagba secured another victory in his 15th fight, knocking out Brian Howard in the third round on 10 April 2021.
Professional boxing record
|15 fights||15 wins||0 losses|
|15||Win||15–0||Brian Howard||KO||3 (10), 1:29||10 Apr 2021||Osage Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US|
|14||Win||14–0||Jonathan Rice||UD||10||19 Sep 2020||MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|13||Win||13–0||Razvan Cojanu||TKO||9 (10), 2:46||7 Mar 2020||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US|
|12||Win||12–0||Iago Kiladze||KO||5 (10), 2:09||21 Dec 2019||Toyota Arena, Ontario, California, US|
|11||Win||11–0||Ali Eren Demirezen||UD||10||20 Jul 2019||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|10||Win||10–0||Michael Wallisch||TKO||2 (10), 1:40||27 Apr 2019||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|9||Win||9–0||Amir Mansour||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||9 Mar 2019||Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, US|
|8||Win||8–0||Santino Turnbow||TKO||1 (6), 2:22||22 Dec 2018||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US|
|7||Win||7–0||Nick Jones||KO||1 (6), 2:25||30 Sep 2018||Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, US|
|6||Win||6–0||Curtis Harper||DQ||1 (6), 0:01||24 Aug 2018||Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US||Harper was disqualified after leaving the ring|
|5||Win||5–0||Dell Long||KO||1 (6), 0:35||26 May 2018||Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, US|
|4||Win||4–0||Antonio Johnson||KO||1 (6), 1:14||10 Mar 2018||Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, US|
|3||Win||3–0||Rodney Hernandez||TKO||5 (6), 1:31||4 Nov 2017||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US|
|2||Win||2–0||Luke Lyons||TKO||1 (6), 2:19||21 Oct 2017||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US|
|1||Win||1–0||Tyrell Herndon||KO||1 (6), 1:29||30 Jul 2017||Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California, US||Professional debut|
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