On Saturday night, two emerging heavyweight contenders will aim to climb the rankings. Stephan Shaw, a multiple-time amateur winner, will compete against the powerful Efe Ajagba. Shaw is filling in as an injury replacement after being scheduled to compete on the undercard.
Back on August 27, Efe Ajagba defeated Jozsef Darmos by two knockdowns in the second round to earn a TKO victory. For Ajagba, this was a comeback triumph. On the other hand, Stephan Shaw defeated Rydell Booker on November 11, 2022 by a unanimous vote to raise his record to 18-0. The most remarkable victory on Shaw’s resume is his triumph over Booker.
Efe Ajagba, who won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is 16-1 heading into Saturday night’s championship match (13 KOs). For Top Rank Boxing to continue setting up matches and propel the hard-hitting Nigerian up the rankings and into another championship fight, he needs a decisive victory against a competitor with a similar rating.
With a reach of 85 inches and a height of 6’6″, Ajagaba has a 4-inch edge over Shaw in height. To properly manage the fight and gain space with his jab to position his power punches, Ajagba will need to utilize his reach advantage. Ajagba must prevail in order to avoid having future big events and paydays evaporate.
Oscar Rivas, who withdrew from the fight with Ajagba due to a back injury, was initially scheduled to face Guido Vianello on the undercard of this bout. Instead, Stephan Shaw replaced him.
Shaw will be in fighting form despite the fact that he is doing this on short notice. On Saturday night, Stephan will put Ajagba to a very difficult test. With an 18-0 record, Stephan Shaw is the 28th-ranked heavyweight in the world. He is 6’4″ tall and has an 81″ reach.
Shaw has won the national amateur boxing championship a total of four times, and during his current nine-fight winning streak, he has eight knockout or technical knockout victories. Shaw’s professional career has not been hampered by any defeats.
Efe Ajagba vs Stephan Shaw Fight Information
- Date: 01/14/2023
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- Location: Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, NY.
- How to Watch Efe Ajagba vs Stephan Shaw: ESPN
- Live Stream: sho.com
Efe Ajagba vs Stephan Shaw Betting Lines
Efe Ajagba is +130 according to our Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $130. On the other side, Stephan Shaw is -160 according to the Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $63.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Efe Ajagba at a 43.48% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Stephan Shaw have 61.54% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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