Efe Ajagba has pulled out of his October 26 bout with Jack Mulowayi with a back injury, and Cuban fighter Frank Sanchez will step up in his stead.

The undefeated Ajagba, who has secured stoppages in nine of his 11 professional fights to date, hurt his back in training late last week. The 25-year-old was due to open Showtime’s Premier Boxing Champions ‘Special Edition’ event in a 10-round bout against the Congolese Mulowayi, whose record stands at 7-1-1, with three knockouts. The fight with the 32-year-old would have been on short notice, as it was announced only on October 14.

The 2016 Olympian’s last fight was in July, when he outgunned and outlasted Ali Eren Demirezen in a unanimous decision victory at the MGM Grand in Nevada. Ajagba entered the ring five times in 2018, but so far in 2019 has only fought thrice, and it remains to be seen whether the recent injury to his back will rule him out of action altogether for the rest of the year.

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