win vs Razvan Cojanu
Mar 07, 2020 / Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Heavyweight sensation Efe Ajagba (13-0, 11 KOs) delivered a ninth-round stoppage of Razvan Cojanu—knocking him down twice in the co-main event of PBC on FOX in Brooklyn.
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Efe Ajagba News
Unbeaten sensation Efe Ajagba faces a yet-to-be-named opponent in the co-main event and rising heavyweight Frank Sánchez meets Joey Dawejko in a 10-round attraction as heavyweights hit the primetime at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Efe Ajagba Fights
Win vs Razvan Cojanu 17-6-0
Mar 07, 2020 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Efe Ajagba WINS against Razvan Cojanu by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Iago Kiladze 26-1-0
Dec 21, 2019 • Toyota Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Efe Ajagba WINS against Iago Kiladze by KO in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Ali Eren Demirezen 11-0-0
Jul 20, 2019 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Efe Ajagba WINS against Ali Eren Demirezen by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Michael Wallisch 19-1-0
Apr 27, 2019 • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Efe Ajagba WINS against Michael Wallisch by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Amir Mansour 23-4-1
Mar 09, 2019 • Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA
Efe Ajagba WINS against Amir Mansour by RTD in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Santino Turnbow 4-3-0
Dec 22, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Efe Ajagba WINS against Santino Turnbow by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Tyrrell Anthony Herndon 6-1-0
Jul 30, 2017 • Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California, USA
Efe Ajagba WINS against Tyrrell Anthony Herndon by KO in Round 1 of 6
Efe Ajagba Bio
Efe Ajagba is turning heads with his prodigious power and steely-eyed resolve in the ring. The undefeated heavyweight prospect could be the next great champion in the division.
FEET FIRST, THEN FISTS FOR “THE ONE AND ONLY”
Efe Ajagba envisioned himself a star athlete before turning 11 years old, competing in the high- and long-jump in elementary school and later as the youngest member of his hometown soccer squad in Ughelli, Nigeria.
By the time he was 15, Ajagba was drawn to using his fists rather than feet. In a move that angered his father and former boxer, Samuel, the son entered a local gym and left behind his job as a bakery worker.
“My Dad tried to stop me from boxing,” said Ajagba, the last born of five boys among seven siblings with two younger sisters. “My job was helping to support our family, but even at 17, doing boxing and the bakery was like working two jobs. So against my father’s wishes, I devoted all of my time to boxing.”
Ajagba thrived, winning the gold medal as the lone Nigerian entrant in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Germany, in 2014. Ajagba also earned gold at both the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, and the 2016 African Boxing Tournament held in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
“The One And Only” was the lone Nigerian representative in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Ajagba lost his quarterfinal bout to Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan. Yet his talents were noticed by Floyd Mayweather and boxing agent Mirko Wolf, who referred Ajagba to Shelly Finkel, current manager of Deontay Wilder and formerly of ex-heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.
BIG IN TEXAS
Ajagba moved to Texas, where he shares corner man Ronnie Shields with and trains alongside two-division champ Jermall Charlo and two-time 154-pound titleholder Erislandy Lara at the Houston-based Plex Gym.
“Shelly mentioned to me that he was a 6-6 former soccer player,” said Shields of Ajaba, father to his five-month old son, Ejiro (Tiyon in English). “Efe already had a naturally good jab, so I knew that with his right hand along with his height, reach and speed that he could generate power. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is a dream come true.’”
Ajagba turned pro in 2017, his initial three triumphs ending via TKOs in 89-, 91- and 2 minutes and 19-seconds over Tyrrell Anthony Herndon (July), Rodney Hernandez (November) and previously unbeaten Luke Lyons (October), the latter of whom entered their bout at 5-0 with two knockouts.
STRIKING FEAR WITHOUT STRIKING A BLOW
Ajagba went 5-0 with four knockouts in 2018, highlighted by Curtis Harper’s exodus from the ring at the opening bell rather than face him in August.
Harper followed 74- and 35-second stoppage victories over Antonio Johnson (March) and Dell Long (May), representing Ajagba’s third and fourth KOs in Round 1 among five overall stoppages during a 13-month career.
Harper remains his swiftest and most bizarre, being accomplished after touching gloves and hearing the opening bell yet without having to lay a hand on his opponent.
By the time Ajagba had taken his first of three steps toward the center of the ring, Harper already had pivoted away and begun exiting through the ropes before walking out of the arena and into the locker room using the same ramps of his entry to the shock of fans who packed the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“I started walking toward him and saw him stepping through the ropes. I was shocked and surprised at first, thinking maybe it was a joke. [Seeing Harper] walk out of the [arena] and [down the runway,] I asked Ronnie Shields ‘What happened? Where is he going?’ I heard somebody say, ‘He ain’t coming back,’” said Ajagba.
“Four other opponents had pulled out because they didn’t want to fight me, so Harper was the [fifth.] But he signed the contract, and when you sign the contract, you’re getting paid a certain amount to fight, so you’re supposed to fight. Instead, he gets into the ring and then he walks out of the ring?”
Ajagba closed 2018 with consecutive first-round knockouts of previously unbeaten Nick Jones (7-0, five KOs) and Santino Turnbow in September and December.
A BIG STEP FORWARD
The Nigerian opened 2019 with his stiffest career test in 6-foot-1, 240-pound veteran Amir Mansour, a southpaw whose two-knockdown, second-round stoppage loss in March represented the loser’s swiftest exit of four losses and 28 fights (including 16 knockout wins).
Mansour was floored twice in the first round and battered relentlessly in the second, prompting the loser to retire on his stool rather than test Ajagba in Round 3.
Ajagba dropped Mansour from a short right and then again from a left in the opening round of a triumph on the undercard of Shawn Porter’s split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas in defense of his WBC 147-pound title.
“From his sparring, strength and conditioning training and the whole nine yards, Efe has the height, power, speed and instincts to be heavyweight champion of the world,” said Shields.
“Mansour was an excellent gauge as to where Efe was at-- a tough guy who takes punches and comes back. Efe’s generally put his best foot forward to establish himself as the best professional fighter he can be.”
Mansour was among four victories on the year for Ajagba, preceding a second-round TKO of 6-foot-5 ½ Michael Wallisch (April), a 10-round unanimous decision over 6-foot-3 Ali Eren Demirezen (July) and a two-knockdown, fifth-round stoppage of 6-foot-4 Iago Kiladze (December).
Wallisch was 19-1 (12 KOs), and Demirezen, 11-0 (10 KOs) entering their fights against Ajagba, who floored Kiladze in the second and final rounds but also had to rise from the canvas himself in the third.
Ajagba’s last fight in March was a ninth-round TKO of 6-foot-7 ½ former title challenger Razvan Cojanu, who lost by unanimous decision to then-unbeaten WBO champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand in May 2017.
"I learned something about overcoming adversity from that fight with Kiladze. I didn't finish him off when he was badly wobbled, so I learned to take my time in situations like that but to also come back focused and strong," said Ajagba.
"I took those lessons into my last fight with Cojano, who had a lot of experience against tough fighters. Cojano used a lot of veteran moves, but I was a more complete fighter against him, throwing more combinations and setting up my punches."
Ajagba has drawn comparisons to Wilder, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who stands 6-foot-7 with a record of 42-1-1 (41 KOs) and a former WBC heavyweight champion nicknamed “The Bronze Bomber.”
“Deontay Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, is my manager, and I trust him to put me in the right fights,” said Ajagba.
“There are a lot of guys in the division like Joe Joyce and Daniel Daniel DuBois who are coming up like me. I already know I can beat all of them, but I also want more experience so I’m ready to win a world title a few years from now.”