Efe Ajagba Beat Zhan To Claim WBC Title


Efe Ajagba got the biggest win of his career and his first title by defeating Zhan Kossobutskiy in a Top Rank co-main event at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Efe came in 17-1 against the undefeated Zhan Kossobutskiy, who was 19-0 with 18 knockouts.

The scheduled for 10 rounds contest didn’t go the full distance as the fight was stopped at 33 minutes into the fourth round. Kossobutskiy was disqualified by referee Chris Flores for multiple low blows.

Ajagba himself landed a low blow in the second round before delivering a shot to Kossobutskiy’s chin. The latter paid back with several low blows in the third round, and was deducted two points. After another low blow in the fourth the fight was ultimately stopped.

The disqualification dampens what was setting up to be an impressive showing for the constantly surging Nigerian Olympian. He now improves to 18-1 and becomes the WBC International HW Champion, putting him on a short list to challenge for a world title in the near future.

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