Anthony Joshua’s long-held dream of fighting in Africa could be aided by the rising threat of another Nigerian heavyweight who plans to knock him off his perch.
Heavyweight boxing prospect Efe Ajagba believes he has what it takes to beat Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua.
Heavyweight prospects are defined by their power but Ajagba, more than most, is carving out a reputation as a wrecking ball.
Ajagba , who is unbeaten in 13 professional fights is rated among best heavyweight prospects in the world.
“The people would support Joshua because he is the heavyweight champ,” Ajagba told Sky Sports.
“Skill would beat Joshua, not power,” said the undefeated Ajagba. “Me and Joshua both have the power. But skills control the power.
“I have more skills.”
Surely Joshua, an Olympic gold medallist and two-time heavyweight champion, has his fair share of skill?
“I don’t think so,” Ajagba says. “The best weapon of Joshua’s is the left hook and right uppercut. He doesn’t have a good jab.
“I respect him. He is the heavyweight champion. I respect everything about him – his talent and his potential. He is a humble guy.
“People are saying that I talk Joshua down. But I don’t want to do that.
“Joshua is from Nigeria so he is a part of Africa, too.”