Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba outpointed Ali Eren Demirezen at the Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena on Saturday night to remain unbeaten in his pro career.
The previously unbeaten Turkish heavyweight gave the 25-year-old the toughest and most competitive fight of the Nigerian’s two-year professional career. For the first time, Ajagba went the distance having won the vast majority of his previous fights via knock-out.
All three judges – Adalaide Byrd (99-91), John McKaie (99-91) and Steve Weisfeld (97-93) – scored the 10-round bout for Ajagba to take his record to 11-0 (9 KOs).
Demirezen, also a reputed knock-out artist, gave Ajagba serious concerns all through the night and the Nigerian struggled to deal with his pressure and aggressiveness. He made the Ughelli-born boxer work tirelessly throughout the bout between the Rio 2016 Olympians and could have won.
Before Saturday’s victory, the only professional fight Ajagba hadn’t won by knockout was when Curtis Harper walked out of the ring at the sound of the opening bell in Minneapolis last August.
Ajagba won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow, gold at the All African Games in 2015 and represented Nigeria at the Rio Olympics in 2016 before turning pro two years ago.