Heavyweight Efe Ajagba (16-1, 13KO) was seeking to make a press release return, and boy did he ever, with a second-round stoppage of Jozsef Darmos (14-5-3, 10KO). After a ten-month layoff from his first defeat by Frank Sanchez in 2021, Ajagba got here out stalking Darmos with arduous thudding pictures. Working off the jab, he landed hooks to each the physique and the pinnacle, displaying enhancements on the undercard of Jose Pedraza versus Richard Commey.
Ajagba, as soon as considered as a contender, ranked #8 (WBC), and #10 (WBO), dropped out of the rankings following the only real defeat to Sanchez. He used that ten-month layoff to heal his proper hand and work on being extra technically sound, relying much less on his energy.
A CHANGE OF PACE FOR AJAGBA
Regardless of getting the early stoppage, there have been a couple of noticeable modifications in his method from the opening bell. Ajagba appeared to work much more behind the jab and went to the physique whereas permitting the struggle to develop as a substitute of forcing the knockout. Nevertheless, his climb again goes to be powerful and he wanted to win on this trend.
A 2016 Olympian, Ajagba fought a relaxed and affected person struggle, versus being overly aggressive. He’ll want these new instruments to regain the spot he as soon as held earlier than his final struggle. The heavyweight division is stacked and hopefully this new mindset will assist serve him on the journey again into title rivalry.
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By: Garrisson Bland