Efe Ajagba Blasts Out Howard In Three Saturday
Heavyweight Efe Ajagba looked to show progress Saturday night and did just that stopping Brian Howard with a booming punch to kick off the ESPN Top Rank broadcast coming from the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The time of the stoppage was 1:23 of the third round in which the undefeated Ajagba (15-0, 12 Kos) looked to improve off his last time out, which was a dull outing against Johnathan Rice. That Rice outing was quickly erased, as Ajagba erased Howard (15-5,11 KOs) in Ajagba’s second bout under the Top Rank banner.
In the third round of this fight, Ajagba hit Howard with a right that echoed throughout the casino, and that was the end of the fight. Howard once hit fell awkwardly, and the fight was waived over. Doctors immediately checked Howard, who eventually sat up and then got up after about two minutes.
That knockout on top of the loss Howard had to Frank Sanchez last December was a back-to-back bad outing for him as he looks to go back to the drawing board.
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“I felt good. I tried to pick the punches, use the jab. This guy is very slick sometimes,” Ajagba said after the fight .”I tried to do the job. He was shaky, so when I went back to the corner after the first round, my coach told me to take my time, start with the body, leave the head.”
“I trained for this fight, took my time, started with my boxing foundation, and came back strong. This camp was the best one for me, the best camp ever in my boxing career.”
This was an impressive knockout by Ajagba, and we’ll see what the 2016 Nigerian Olympian does in his next time out as I’m sure they’ll look to continue climbing the ranks under trainer Kay Koroma.
“It’s my time to shine, so I’m coming for the heavyweights,” Ajagba said.