Efe Ajagba

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Efe Ajagba
Statistics
Nickname(s)The One and Only
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Reach220 cm (85 in)
NationalityNigerian
Born (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 27)
Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights15
Wins15
Wins by KO12
Losses0

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.

Early life[edit]

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

Amateur 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]

Professional career[edit]

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.[12][13]

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.[14]

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.[15] Ajagba secured another victory in his 15th fight, knocking out Brian Howard in the third round on 10 April 2021.[16]

Ajagba is slated to face undefeated Frank Sánchez on 24 July 2021 on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III.[17]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
15 fights 15 wins 0 losses
By knockout 12 0
By decision 2 0
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
15 Win 15–0 United States Brian Howard KO 3 (10), 1:29 10 Apr 2021 United States Osage Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US
14 Win 14–0 United States Jonathan Rice UD 10 19 Sep 2020 United States MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
13 Win 13–0 Romania Razvan Cojanu TKO 9 (10), 2:46 7 Mar 2020 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
12 Win 12–0 Georgia (country) Iago Kiladze KO 5 (10), 2:09 21 Dec 2019 United States Toyota Arena, Ontario, California, US
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. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. 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. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Four APB boxers win gold at the All Africa Games". AIBA. 13 September 2015. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ "African Games: Nigeria wins 4 gold, 2 silver medals in boxing". Premium Times. 13 September 2015. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. 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. Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Rio 2016: Ajagba only Nigerian boxer to book ticket". Vanguard Nigeria. 24 March 2016. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  8. ^ Okosi, Izuchukwu (13 March 2013). "Africa Boxing Championship: Ajagba, Apochi Tipped For Olympic Glory". Complete Sports Nigeria. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  9. ^ Agberebi, James (19 March 2016). "Nigeria's Ajagba Clinches Rio Olympics Boxing Spot". Complete Sports Nigeria. Archived from the original on 23 May 2016. 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. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. 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. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  12. ^ Reddy, Luke (25 August 2018). "Curtis Harper walks out of bout with Efe Ajagba in pay protest". BBC. Archived from the original on 25 September 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Ajagba vs Harper Full Fight: August 24, 2018 - PBC on FS1". YouTube. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  14. ^ Christ, Scott (7 March 2020). "Efe Ajagba beats down Razvan Cojanu in nine". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  15. ^ Christ, Scott (20 September 2020). "Jose Pedraza routs Javier Molina, Efe Ajagba and Robeisy Ramirez win". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  16. ^ Johns, Marquis (11 April 2021). "Efe Ajagba Blasts Out Howard In Three Saturday". Big Fight Weekend. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  17. ^ Henschel, Jonathon (9 June 2021). "Helenius-Kownacki 2, Jared Anderson-Tereshkin added to Fury-Wilder 3 PPV on July 24th". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 9 June 2021.

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