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JUST IN: Nigerian boxer, Ajagba, loses heavyweight bout to Cuban opponent

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian heavyweight boxer, Efe Ajagba’s unbeaten record has ended after losing to Cuban challenger, Frank Sanchez, through a unanimous decision announced after a 10 rounds bout.

Sanchez was declared by the three judges assigned to officiate the bout winner after scoring 97-92, 98-91, and 98-91 after he fell Ajagba during the seventh round of the bout in Las Vegas, United States.

During the 10 round bout, the 27-year-old Nigerian Olympian could not land a clean right-hand punch which he is known for while Sanchez ran riot with steady stiff jabs.

With the victory, Sanchez remains undefeated with 20 professional wins, 13 coming by Knock Out retaining his WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title and the WBO NABO heavyweight title.

Ajagba tried to get back in the fight in the seventh round by aiming for Sanchez’s body but the Cuban threw a right hand that grazed Ajagba, who slipped to the mat late in the round.

While he had his knee down, Sanchez caught him with a left, however, referee Mike Ortega called time to give Ajagba an opportunity to recover but did not dock a point from Sanchez for the accidental foul.

Despite not landing any impactful jabs, Ajagba got through with a right hand late in the ninth round that bounced Sanchez into the ropes in the final seconds.

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