Efe Ajagba in the early hours of Sunday, April 11, in the United States of America resumed his knockout ways.
The 2016 Nigerian Olympian and rising heavyweight contender made a statement in an emphatic 3rd round knockout of Brian Howard. A right hand put Howard down and out in their ESPN-televised chief support Saturday evening on in front of a sold-out crowd at Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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But the jabs blind them and right hand cleaned him up from efe ajagba…
— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) April 11, 2021
Ajagba was fighting for the second time since signing with Top Rank, which was also accompanied by a switch in trainer from Ronnie Shields to Kay Koroma in the greater Houston area. The first bout under than union produced a decision win over Jonathan Rice, though in an uneven performance.
Efe Ajagba woke up and chose murder💀pic.twitter.com/FAxqW9mLVa
— MyBookie Sportsbook (@MyBookieBet) April 11, 2021
There was nothing unsatisfactory about Ajagba’s latest performance. The undefeated prospect was measured in the opening round, walking down Howard who was fighting with a heavy heart as he was forced to bury his passing mother earlier in the week.
Action was steady through two rounds before Ajagba punched for the highlight reel in round three. A right hand caught Howard clean on the chin, sending him sprawling to the canvas in forcing an immediate stoppage. Medical attention was sought as Howard (15-5, 11KOs) was down for several minutes before making it to his feet and out of the ring under his own power.
Ajagba improves—in every sense of the word—to 15-0 (12KOs) with the win.
Efe Ajagba with a deadly KO against Brian Howard in the 2nd round “I coming for the Heavyweights i’m going to be Heavyweight Champion of the world” Who do you see @AjagbaEfe fighting next?? pic.twitter.com/ZK3mZSKFnw
— RingWalk UK Media 🎙️ (@RingWalkUkMedia) April 11, 2021
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“It feels really good,” Ajagba told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna. “I listened to the corner, they told me to start to the body and then go to the head. When I started with the jab to the body, it caused him to drop his hands. Then came the right hand.”
Ajagba-Howard served as the televised opener of an ESPN telecast, headlined by the vacant WBO light heavyweight title fight between Joe Smith Jr. (26-3, 21KOs) and Maxim Vlasov (45-3, 26KOs).