Boxing: Nigerian, Ajagba aims world title


Nigerian heavyweight boxer Efe Ajagba has said he aims to be the world heavyweight champion, Punchng report.

Ajagba, who has a 7-0, 6 KOs record, made headlines in August when his opponent Curtis Harper abandoned the fight when the contest was set to begin.

The 24-year-old followed that on Sunday with a first round stoppage of previously unbeaten American boxer Nick Jones in their fight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario. Ajagba has thus won all his fights through knockouts in the first round.

Ajagba along with Efetobor Apochi joined Ringside Boxing Promotion in June 2017 and had his first professional fight on July 30, 2017 against Tyrell Herndon.

In an interview with Sporting News, the 2015 All Africa Games gold medallist said he is in America for business and would not stop until he emerges as the world heavyweight champion.

He said, “I’m in America for business. Boxing is now my job… I can become the heavyweight champion of the world. My mission here will not be complete until that has happened.”

He said he was shocked when Harper walked out of their fight in August.

“A woman walked up to me before that fight. I didn’t know if she was his wife, his girlfriend or what. She said, ‘You are so talented. I watched your videos and you have real power. Please … take it easy on Curtis. Don’t hurt him.’

“I was caught off-guard. But when me and Harper came face to face, I saw he was scared. It was in his eyes. I was shocked when he walked out of the ring. We all were: Coach Ronnie (Shields), me, the whole team. We couldn’t believe it. I was upset and then I was angry.”

He said the Harper’s behavior spurred him on to work harder for the fight against Jones.

He said, “I was so upset about what Harper did. But I’ve moved on.”