Nigerian professional boxer Efe Ajagba (born April 22, 1994) holds the fastest victory in boxing history after his opponent was disqualified for fleeing the ring one second after the bell rang. He won a gold medal at the 2015 African Games and a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games while competing as an amateur.
Efe Ajagba Biography
Ajagba was born on April 22, 1994, in the Nigerian town of Ughelli, Delta State. He used to work at a bakery before that.
Efe Ajagba Boxing Career
Ajagba began boxing in 2011 after previously competing in football for a club in Ughelli, where he had been a member since 2005. Anthony Konyegwachie was his coach at the time.
Ajagba has been picked to represent Nigeria at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow, Scotland. The super heavyweight class saw him overcome Junior Fa of Tonga in 16 and Paul Schafer from South Africa in the quarterfinals. He was competing in his first world championship. He went to the semifinals, where he was defeated by Joseph Goodall of Australia, resulting in Ajagba winning a bronze medal for his efforts.
Ajagba was picked to represent Nigeria at the 2015 African Games held in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. He competed in the men’s super heavyweight division. In the final, he defeated Keddy Agnes of Seychelles by a 3–0 to win the gold medal for his country.
The African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2016, saw him take home the gold medal in the super heavyweight division. Ajagba qualified to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a result of his efforts. Ajagba defeated Ugandan boxer Michael Sekamembe on points in the first round, then overcame Tunisian boxer Aymen Trabelsi in the semifinals to qualify for the finals. He defeated Moroccan boxer Mohamed Arjaoui in the final. Ajagba was the only Nigerian boxer from the ten who qualified for Rio through the event, prompting suspicions from Nigeria’s coach, Konyegwachie, that judges had been bought to award him a spot in the Olympics.
After compiling a perfect 5–0 record, Ajagba achieved the fastest victory in boxing history on August 24, 2018, in a battle against Curtis Harper, winning in one second via disqualification after Harper stepped out of the ring in protest over a wage disagreement.
On March 7, 2020, Ajagba faced Razvan Cojanu, who had improved his record to 12–0. When it came to a one-sided contest, Ajagba systematically dismantled his opponent, scoring knockdowns in the eighth and ninth rounds, respectively. In the ninth round, Cojanu took a knee with 2:25 remaining in the round, prompting the referee to declare the fight over.
Ajagba made his Top Rank debut in his next fight, which took place on September 19, 2020, against Jonathan Rice. The war turned out to be less entertaining than anticipated, primarily because Ajagba did not throw many blows during the fight. He did, however, manage to inflict enough damage on Rice to earn a majority judgment in his favor. On April 10, 2021, Ajagba won his 15th fight by knocking out Brian Howard in the third round, giving him 15 victories.
On the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III, Ajagba went up against the undefeated Frank Sánchez on October 9, 2021, in New York City. Sánchez defeated Ajagba by unanimous decision, with 98–91, 98–91, and 97–92. Ajagba was knocked down on his way to a unanimous decision defeat.