Boxing: Dabiri-Erewa Hails Ajagba’s Victory

Boxing: Dabiri-Erewa Hails Ajagba’s Victory
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians
in Diaspora Commission,  ( NIDCOM), has congratulated Nigerian-born
boxer, Efe Ajagba for defeating his American opponent Jonnie Rice, in a
keenly contested bout on Saturday night at the Bubble in Las Vegas,
Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Sunday in Abuja.
She said that the victory over the American boxer  was not only a thing
of pride to Nigerians, but to Africa as a whole.
“I congratulate you on this wonderful feat, for winning this tensed but
historical fight.
“We are truly proud of you and urge you to continue to use your
professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage.
“Your shinning beacon serves as inspiration to the youth of Nigeria.
“Your victory is also a testimony to the fact that Nigerians are great
people, contributing in many ways to the development of the country and
the continent as a whole,” Dabiri-Erewa stated.
She noted with satisfaction that in spite of the challenges being faced
by the 26 years old Ajagba  in his career, he had remained determined,
focused and did not allow that to lure him into any form of criminality
or depression.
This is only the second time Ajagba would be winning a fight via a
10-round unanimous decision.
While Ajagba has had it ‘easier’ in most of his other fights, he was
pushed to the limits against Rice; claiming a ten-round unanimous
decision over the 33-year-old American boxer.
As reported by Boxing Scene, Judge Max DeLuca had the bout 98-92, while
judges Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti scored it 99-91 in favour of
This is only the second time Ajagba would be winning a fight via
unanimous decision having knocked down all his previous challengers.
The last of such occasion where Ajagba was taken this deep was against
previously unbeaten Ali Eren Demirezen last July at MGM Grand Garden
That fight saw 26-year old Ajagba fight through an injured elbow for
much of the night but was still able to get the win.
While Ajagba has improved his record to 14 straight wins, his Saturday
opponent Rice has now suffered his second straight defeat in falling to
13-6-1 (9KOs), both coming versus unbeaten opposition.
Though Ugheli-born Ajagba has extended his winning streak, the 2016
Olympian still has a lot to do if his big dreams of unseating Anthony
Joshua is to be fulfilled.


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