Rising Heavyweight Prospect Efe Ajagba made a big statement on Saturday night, knocking him Brian Howard out in the third round at Osage Casino in Tulsa Oklahoma. The event was televised on ESPN and served as chief support in the card.
Ajagba was fighting for the first time since his decision win over Jonathan Rice and his second bout since switching his trainer from Ronnie Shields to Kay Koroma. Ajagba was exceptional from opening round and was able to work down Howard from the opening round.
Howard just recently buried his mother and was forced to fight with the grief. However he was able to stage some performance in the first two rounds before Ajagba brutally knocked him out unconscious in the third round of the faithful battle. The fight got stopped immediately and Howard remained on the canvas for a while, medical personnel got ushered in to tend him before he was able to make it to his feets and out of the ring by himself.
Ajagba was happy with his performance and was clear, everything was a planned and followed according to corner orders.
“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.”
Efe Ajagba now improved his record to 15-0, 12kOs with the win. While Howard drops to Howard (15-5, 11KOs).
The fight served as the supporting event and televised opener to the Vacant WBO light heavyweight championship fight between Joe Smith Jr. (26-3, 21KOs) and Maxim Vlasov (45-3, 26KOs).