Nigerian heavyweight Efe Ajagba has a new opponent for the January 14 headliner clash after his previously scheduled opponent Oscar Rivas was forced to withdraw last week due to an eye injury. increase.
Ajagba will face undefeated Stephan Shaw in the top ranks announced on Tuesday. The 10 round match will be played at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Heavyweight prospect Guido Vianello, who was slated to fight Shaw in a co-feature, will take on Johnny Rice in a ten-round bout in both fights that will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
Ajagba (16-1, 13 KOs), a native of Ugheri, Delta and currently living in Stafford, Texas, lost his first professional loss to Frank Sanchez on October 9, 2021 in a clash between undefeated fighters. I was. Ajagba returned to the ring on his 27th August 2022 in excellent fashion, dropping Joseph his Dalmos twice for a second round knockout victory.
The 28-year-old will have a big advantage in height and reach over Shaw, who recently scored another knockout victory.
Shaw (18-0, 13 KOs) last fought on November 22, 2022, defeating Rydell Booker by eight one-sided round decision. In his last fight on July 15, 2022, Shaw defeated Bernardo Marquez in his third round, earning a first-round knockout victory.