LAS VEGAS, NV - September 18: Efe Ajagba poses for portraits inside the bubble at the MGM Grand on September 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Efe Ajagba was born in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria, on April 22, 1994. He previously had a job in a bakery. is a professional boxer from Nigeria who now owns the title for the sport’s quickest victory when his opponent was disqualified for exiting the ring one second before the bell rang. He won a gold medal at the 2015 African Games and a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games while competing as an amateur.

AMATEUR CAREER

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

Ajagba has been chosen to represent Nigeria at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In the super heavyweight division, he defeated Paul Schafer of South Africa in the quarterfinals and Junior Fa of Tonga in the round of 16. Ajagba reached the semifinals before losing against Australian Joseph Goodall, earning him the bronze. Ajagba was chosen to represent Nigeria in the men’s super-heavyweight competition at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. He defeated Keddy Angnes of the Seychelles by a score of 3-0 to win the gold medal.

In Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2016, he took home the gold medal in the super heavyweight division of the African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. As a result, Ajagba earned the right to compete for Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ajagba qualified for the final by defeating Tunisian boxer Aymen Trabelsi in the semifinal round. He then defeated Moroccan boxer Mohamed Arjaoui in the championship round.  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.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Ajagba had a perfect record of 5-0 until, on August 24, 2018, he defeated Curtis Harper in one second via disqualification after Harper left the ring in protest over a salary disagreement. It was the fastest victory in boxing history.

Ajagba faced Razvan Cojanu on March 7, 2020, after improving to 12-0. Ajagba won a one-sided battle by rounding up his opponent and achieving knockdowns in the eighth and ninth rounds. With 2:25 remaining in the ninth round, Cojanu took a knee, and the referee opted to end the contest.

On September 19, 2020, Ajagba faced Jonathan Rice in his subsequent fight, which marked his Top Rank debut. Because Ajagba was not landing many punches, the fight turned out to be less exciting than anticipated. Nevertheless, he made enough of an impact on Rice to win the case by a unanimous vote. On April 10, 2021, Ajagba defeated Brian Howard in the third round to earn his 15th victory.

On October 9, 2021, Ajagba fought against the unbeaten Frank Sánchez as part of the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III undercard. Ajagba was knocked down on the way to a unanimous decision loss, with Sánchez winning by scores of 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92.

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