Frank Sanchez Decisions Efe Ajagba to Advance to 19–0

Published 10/09/2021, 11:23 PM EDT
Boxing – Efe Ajagba vs Frank Sanchez – NAB0 and WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Efe Ajagba in action against Frank Sanchez REUTERS/Steve Marcus


The undefeated heavyweight stalwarts Efe Ajagba and Frank Sanchez rolled out a fiery slugfest for the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title and the WBO NABO heavyweight title. The pair made the most out of their appearance on the Fury vs Wilder 3 card. However, Sanchez had a slight edge over his fellow contemporary as he won this fight via a unanimous decision.

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Ajagba had his focus set on attacking Sanchez’s body, and he began his light work with the same. Using his massive frame, the Nigerian fighter employed his fine jabs to keep Sanchez on his toes. On the other hand, Sanchez looked for a counter-attack and he even struck his adversary with one good right hand in round 1.

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As ‘The Cuban Flash’ was on the back foot in the initial rounds, Ajagba saw an opportunity to press him. However, Sanchez kept extremely swift movements to get out of the Nigerian boxer’s range. Ajagba, in round 3, attacked his opponent with a couple of right hooks.

He also began going ahead with his strikes and Sanchez counter-attacked well. ‘The Cuban Flash’ had the faster hands and his defense too seemed on point.

Ajagba struggled to land his right hand on Sanchez as the 29-year-old opted to cut the distance to deny his opponent the room to swing. As Sanchez failed to drop Ajagba, the latter kept coming ahead and staggered the Cuban fighter.

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Ajagba and Sanchez didn’t really engage in a slugfest in the first half of the fight. But they definitely showed their intent as they connected with their best shots.

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In round 7, Sanchez finally came up with double hooks to put Ajagba on his knees. Despite absorbing the punches, the 27-year-old seemed fine, and he continued the fight.

‘The Cuban Flash’ maximized his momentum, and he relentlessly pressured Ajagba. The Nigerian fighter, in round 10, seemed eager to claim a knockout win. However, he certainly failed to annihilate Sanchez and suffered a points defeat.

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Hence, Sanchez retained his undefeated stint. What did you make of the second last fight on the Fury vs Wilder 3 event?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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