Nigerian heavyweight Efe Ajagba hopes to take a large leap in the direction of a title alternative when faces upset-minded Australian Joe Goodall within the 10-round major occasion Saturday, Nov. 4 at Tahoe Blue Occasion Middle in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This would be the first boxing occasion on the venue, which opened earlier this month.
Ajagba and Goodall fought as amateurs, with Goodall incomes a call within the semifinals of the 2014 Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Within the 10-round light-weight co-feature, Raymond “Hazard” Muratalla takes on unbeaten Mexican banger Diego Torres.
Ajagba-Goodall and Muratalla-Torres headline a loaded invoice streaming stay and completely within the U.S. on ESPN+.
Ajagba (18-1, 13 KOs), a 2016 Olympian, is likely one of the division’s fiercest punchers. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound slugger debuted within the paid ranks in July 2017 and notched six first-round knockouts in his first eight fights. He suffered his first defeat in October 2021 in opposition to Frank Sanchez. Following the loss, Ajagba had surgical procedure on each his elbows and returned in August 2022 to cease Hungarian veteran Jozsef Darmos within the second spherical. The 29-year-old will make his third look of 2023, following a call win over Stephan Shaw in January and a disqualification victory in opposition to Zhan Kossobutskiy in August.
“This can be a nice alternative for me to shut out the yr with a giant victory and transfer nearer to a world title alternative,” Ajagba stated. “Goodall is a giant, highly effective heavyweight, however I’m assured in my preparation, and I’ll do what it takes to be victorious.”
Goodall (10-1-1, 9 KOs), a 31-year-old Australia native, made his professional debut in 2018. He stopped 5 of his first six opponents earlier than combating to a majority draw in opposition to Christian Ndzie Tsoye in August 2018. He made his U.S. debut with a first-round knockout in opposition to Matt McKinney in March 2022. In his subsequent battle, Goodall suffered a call loss in opposition to unbeaten compatriot Justis Huni. He bounced again final September with a third-round drubbing over Arsene Fosso. In his final outing, he scored his most spectacular victory but, a sixth-round TKO in opposition to Stephan Shaw in July on a High Rank on ESPN invoice in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Goodall stated, “Efe Ajagba is a world-class boxer and an enormous problem for me. This is a chance, although, for me to return to America and present the world what I’m able to. It’s an enormous present and I’m genuinely honored to be part of it. After I signed with DiBella Leisure, I informed Lou that I solely wished the large fights. I wish to put myself right into a place to battle for a world title, and I consider beating Efe will try this.”
“Efe Ajagba is an elite heavyweight who may problem for a world title quickly, however he has a tall order in opposition to Joe Goodall. This might be a sensational card, as we even have rising light-weight contender Raymond Muratalla in opposition to a tricky Diego Torres,” stated High Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We’re privileged to advertise the primary boxing occasion at Tahoe Blue Occasion Middle, a spectacular new venue.”
“After his thrilling win in July, I’m blissful to get Joe a battle of this magnitude,” stated Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Leisure. “Joe beat Efe within the amateurs. Generally, destiny works in your favor. This might be a sensational battle between two knockout punchers. The followers are the large winners.”
Muratalla (18-0, 15 KOs) made his professional debut in 2016 in Mexico, and two years later he debuted within the U.S. The 26-year-old has stopped 12 of his final 13 opponents. In March, he survived a first-round knockdown to cease Humberto Galindo with a physique shot in spherical 9. In Could, he opened the Devin Haney-Vasiliy Lomachenko pay-per-view broadcast by handing Jeremia Nakathila his first stoppage loss. Muratalla was initially scheduled to battle Torres in August, however a coaching damage pressured him to postpone the bout.
Muratalla stated, “We have been imagined to battle in August, however sadly, accidents occur. I’m one hundred pc wholesome and able to placed on a present in opposition to a tricky, undefeated fighter like Torres. I consider I’m the way forward for the light-weight division, and I sit up for exhibiting that on November 4.”
Torres (18-0, 17 KOs) is a 26-year-old powerhouse from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The oldest of 4 boxing brothers, he started his professional profession in 2019 and unleashed a streak of 13 knockout victories. In February 2022, he took on fellow Zapopon native Jonathan Escobedo Martinez, going the 10-round distance for the primary time in an all-action slugfest. Torres is 4-0 with 4 knockouts for the reason that Martinez warfare. He kicked off the yr with a fifth-round TKO in opposition to Jose Segura Torres in March, an end result he repeated in a stay-busy win in opposition to Julio Barraza earlier this month.
Torres stated, “I’m very excited that this battle is again on schedule. I’ve been ready for a possibility to face one other unbeaten fighter. I’m going to indicate that I used to be born for this and that I’m going to do nice issues on this sport. I’m coming with the whole lot.”
The undercard will characteristic the High Rank debut of heavyweight prospect Brandon Moore in addition to an all-undefeated junior light-weight showdown between Henry Lebron and William Foster III.
Moore (12-0, 8 KOs) will tackle Robert Simms (12-3-1, 3 KOs) in an eight-round battle. The Florida native fought six instances in 2021, together with a fourth-round stoppage over Mexican veteran Elvis Garcia and a six-round resolution over famend journeyman Terrell Jamal Woods. He returned from a virtually 15-month layoff in June to knock out Elijah McCall, son of former heavyweight world champion Oliver McCall, within the second spherical. Simms is coming off an eight-round unanimous resolution win in opposition to then-unbeaten James McKenzie Morrison final October.
Lebron (18-0, 10 KOs) and Foster (16-0, 10 KOs) will collide in a 10-round junior welterweight conflict. Lebron scored three spectacular wins in 2022, a seventh-round TKO victory in opposition to Josec Ruiz and resolution wins over Luis Lebron and Andy Vences. Lebron, from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, went 10 rounds for the primary time in his final outing, toppling Carlos Ramos by resolution in June. Foster additionally had an distinctive 2022, as he tallied resolution victories over then-undefeated Dominican Edwin De Los Santos and Philadelphia-born veteran Avery Sparrow. He heads into this battle following a ninth-round TKO over Misael Lopez earlier this month.
Heavyweight Antonio “El Gigante” Mireles (8-0, 7 KOs) will see motion in a six-round battle in opposition to an opponent to be named. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound southpaw is coming off a hard-earned TKO win over Dajuan Calloway in August.
Rising Puerto Rican junior welterweight Omar Rosario (11-0, 3 KOs) returns to the ring in an eight-round tilt in opposition to Angel Rebollar (7-3, 3 KOs). Rosario heads into this contest following an eight-round resolution win in opposition to Jan Carlos Rivera in June.
Unbeaten Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado (18-0, 13 KOs) makes his third look of 2023 in an eight-round junior welterweight battle in opposition to Luis Hernandez Ramos (23-3, 20 KOs).
Former Staff USA novice standout Charlie Sheehy (7-0, 5 KOs) steps up in opposition to Jesus Vasquez (10-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round light-weight battle. Sheehy was final seen handing Kaylyn Alfred a one-punch TKO in July.
Undefeated middleweight Javier “Milwaukee Made” Martinez (8-0-1, 2 KOs) will tackle Isaiah Sensible (11-2-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Reno-born light-weight Christian Avalos (0-1-2) will make a house area look in a four-rounder.
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