Top Rank Boxing has added rising heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (13-0, 11 KO) to its stable. The promotion announced today it had signed the 26-year-old Nigerian to a long-term deal.
Ajagba shoot to fame in 2018, when the Nigerian earned PBC’s Prospect Of The Year award, and went viral following his fight against Curtis Harper, who following a pay dispute, exited the ring once the opening bell sounded. Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing over 240 pounds Ajagba, who turned pro in 2017, is currently ranked with both the WBC and WBA.
“Efe Ajagba is one of the most gifted young heavyweights I’ve seen in quite some time,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
“He has immense physical tools and a great work ethic. I have the utmost confidence that we’re looking at a future heavyweight champion.”
The former Olympian will make his Top Rank debut later this year and will train under Kay Koroma — one of Shakur Stevenson’s coaches and a USA national boxing coach. Ajagba has also enlisted the services of James Prince to be his manager.
“I made this decision to become a better boxer and to advance my career. That’s why I signed with James Prince and Top Rank,” Ajagba said.
“When I return to the ring soon, you will see a new Efe Ajagba. Kay Koroma and I are working on my head movement and defense, as I seek to become a more well-rounded fighter.”
Ajagba has the potential to be a real prospect in the heavyweight division, and it will be interesting to see who Top Rank pair him with later this year.
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