Nigeria’s Ajagba battles Shaw in heavyweight headliner (live)


Heavyweight contender Efe Ajagba is about to begin his heavyweight headliner at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

The hard-hitting Nigerian heavyweight contender Efe “The Silent Roller” Ajagba (16-1, 13 KOs) goes up against undefeated American Stephan “Big Shot” Shaw (18-0, 13 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri.

The 28-year-old Ajagba has 13 knockouts to his name, and he is one of the most exciting fighters in the division because any punch he lands changes the game but he is also an offensive slugger that excites with unpredictable moments.

The only professional loss to Ajagba’s record came against undefeated Cuban Frank Sanchez, and it was a competitive bout but the Nigerian felt the loss was needed to help him develop more skills as a boxer and correct mistakes he made.

Tonight he will showcase his skills against the American in a 10-round heavyweight main event.

Shaw is also a big-time puncher and he doesn’t plan on losing his undefeated record anytime soon, he knows he can hurt anyone with his big shot and he wants to use this moment to make a splash in the heavyweight division and put the others on notice.



Ajagba is going more patient and is taking a slow approach in this round, not chasing the big punches, and he’s trying to establish his jab early.
Shaw tries to come around the guard with a right. Shaw gets a good right jab in! and it is the main action of the round which ends with both fighters circling each other trying to break the opponent’s guard

Shaw 10-9


More jabs from both fighters but Ajagba seems to have gotten his momentum underway and he gets busier in this round.
Ajagba lands all the hits in this round, Shaw doesn’t do much to prevent the Nigerian from taking this round and a better display in the second round from the ‘Silent Roller’ sees him take the SECOND!

Ajagba 10-9, 19-19

Shaw heats up!

Stephan Shaw gets on the offensive and increases the intensity taking a more enthusiastic approach in this tentative fight.
Ajagba looks to be taking a tactical approach and moving around Shaw while the American catches him with more body jabs. Both fighters are avoiding taking any big risks and the third round ends with Shaw up.

Shaw 10-9, 29-28

Ajagba ties it up!

The Nigerian heavy hitter goes on the offense and catches Shaw off the pace with multiple body shots and jabs.
Ajagba catches Shaw with a feint and a head hit, and looking to level the game, he lands more solid hits on Shaw.
The American seems entirely off in this round as Ajagba dominates proceedings here tying the game up.

Ajagba 10-9, 38-38

Ajagba catches Shaw with speed!

Ajagba looking much stronger as the fight goes on as he catches Shaw with a fast right hand.
After a solid showing in the early rounds, Shaw looks to be losing to Ajagba as the fight goes on with the American avoiding risks and Ajagba goes up on the judges’ cards after a much better showing.

Ajagba 10-9, 48-47

Ajagba gets Shaw wobbling

Good little power jab early in the round from Ajagba and he send Shaw to the ropes.
Another hard hit and Shaw stays on the ropes not looking to engage with Ajagba anymore. Ajagba lands a good jab which stuns Shaw and sends the American wobbling.

The fight goes back to routine with jabs and defending. Ajagba keeps going up on the cards as he takes this round too.

Ajagba 10-9, 58-56

Ajagba with the COMBO!

Right hand up top from Ajagba, not a huge shot but it lands on Shaw and taking advantage of the American shot-shy approach, the Nigerian lands another and another and gets a good combo in.
Shaw is just not doing enough as the fight heats up and the American keeps slowing down.
Ajagba is working more consistently, getting closer to landing something big as Shaw’s approach has just been too basic.
Ajagba 10-9, 68-65

Ajagba increases the gap.

Ajagba keeps on consistently out-working Shaw and despite not taking major risks, he is winning the round.
Shaw is standing there letting Ajagba hit him over and over again and he is not landing any hits of his own except for a few jabs.
Shaw’s unbeaten run looks to be about to end after this fight.

Ajagba 10-9, 78-74

Crowd boos Shaw!

Shaw is just not taking any risks, and after saying he would be the next American heavyweight champion, he is not matching those words up with actions as the Nigerian lands jab after jab demonstrating his dominance.
The crowd start booing Shaw. The American has just stood around doing nothing too much. Way too much. There has been no urgency. And Ajagba for several rounds now has done just enough to make it clear that he won the round.

Ajagba 10-9, 88-83

Ajagba finishes HOT!

Ajagba finishes this fight hot, as it seems like he gets better as the fight drags on while Shaw gets more tired and stationary just taking the hits.

The Nigerian takes the final round after landing more jabs, more body punches and all that is left is for the announcer to announce the judges’ results and let Ajagba walk home with the win.

Ajagba has certainly done enough to claim this victory.

Ajagba 10-9, 98-92

Ajagba gets the win!

Ajagba has taken the win over Shaw by unanimous decision and the ‘Silent Roller’ has kicked off his new year with a win and it is now two wins from two since his defeat to Frank Sanchez as he looks to put his sole professional loss behind him,
Shaw didn’t do enough to keep his undefeated badge on and has deservedly lost this fight.

SCORES: 96-94, 96-94, 96-94 for Efe Ajagba