Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba suffered the first professional defeat of his career, losing 98-91, 98-91 and 97-92 by unanimous decision to Cuban heavyweight Frank Sanchez on Sunday morning.
The fight was an undercard event ahead of the heavyweight title trilogy showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
The 27-year-old Nigerian Olympian could not land a clean right hand punch which he is known for, while Sanchez ran riot with steady stiff jabs.
Frank Sanchez (L) throws punch at Efe Ajagba (R) during boxing matchSanchez outclassed Ajagba in a battle of unbeaten rivals and he floored the Nigerian in the seventh round while sealing a unanimous decision.
With the win in the 10-round fight, Sanchez remains undefeated and retains his WBO NABO, and WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight titles.
Sanchez’s win edges the Cuban contender closer in the rankings towards a world heavyweight title shot at Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO belt, or the WBC title held by Fury.
Ajagba, who was unbeaten in 15 matches before facing Sanchez, missed a shot at a title fight.