One of the major knocks on boxing throughout the years has been the reluctance to have top contenders and champions fight each other in their prime. Many felt that Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder should have fought way back when before the Wilder-Fury trilogy began. Others have felt that Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. should have fought already. Not to mention, fans argued that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao should have fought long before 2015. Fortunately, things are changing.
This fall, some of the best fighters in the world are fighting during or near their prime. Shawn Porter is fighting Terence Crawford in November. There is a belief that Teofimo Lopez will fight Josh Taylor next year if he moves up one weight class. Tonight, two undefeated heavyweight prospects are squaring off on the biggest stage in the division. With a combined record of 33-0 and 25 knockouts, Efe Ajagba and Frank Sanchez squared off in T-Mobile Arena on the undercard of Wilder-Fury III.
Things got off to a slow start, but slow doesn’t mean uneventful. Sanchez started off by throwing a few overhand right-hands that had bad intentions. In return, Ajagba was able to throw a few right hands of his own that gained Sanchez’s respect. As a result, Ajagba was able to come forward and have Sanchez back up. Sanchez settled into fighting off of his back foot and was able to control the middle rounds. While action was slow during the middle rounds, things picked up in the 7th round. Towards the end of the round, Ajagba was rocked by a hook and hit while down. To his credit, Ajagba got up quickly and finished the round. In the final two rounds, things slowed down and Ajagba failed to let his hands go.
After 10 rounds, Sanchez won on all three scorecards comfortably.
In the battle of the undefeateds, Frank Sanchez picks up his 20th victory by unanimous decision over Efe Ajagba ?
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