Nigerian heavyweight sensation, Efe Ajagba, would be eying a knockout win over unbeaten American, Stephan Shaw, when both fighters clash on January 14, at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York.
Ajagba who earned a second round knockout win over Jozsef Darmos in August 2022, his first win after losing his first professional fight to Frank Sanchez in October 2021 would be hoping to continue the winning streak against the unbeaten American.
Shaw who was previously billed to face heavyweight prospect Guido Vianello became a late replacement for hard hitting Colombian Oscar Rivas who pulled out of the fight against Ajagba due to an eye injury. Rivas has a record of 29 fights, 28 wins (19 KOs) and one loss.
Ajagba’s new opponent Shaw is unbeaten in 19 professional fights with his last win coming against Rydell Booker via unanimous decision in an eight round bout. In his previous fight, Shaw dropped his opponent Bernardo Marquez thrice before finally knocking him out in the first round. 13 of Shaw’s wins had come via knockout but his fight against Ajagba would be the toughest of his career.
Ajagba is more fancied to get the win, the Nigerian also has a significant height and reach advantage over the American who stands at 6ft 4in with a 193cm reach while Ajagba stands at 6ft 6in and has a 216cm reach.
Ajagba is currently ranked No. 25 on the heavyweight global ranking released on January 1, 2023 and a win for him would increase his ranking.