Oko­ro­dudu lauds Ajagbe for start­ing pro­fes­sional ca­reer with knock­out

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

A box­ing Coach, Jerry Oko­ro­dudu, yes­ter­day com­mended Nigeria’s sen­sa­tional boxer, Efe Ajagbe, for start­ing his pro­fes­sional ca­reer on a good note.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) re­ports that the for­mer am­a­teur boxer, who rep­re­sented the coun­try at the 2016 Rio Olympics, de­feated Tyrell Hern­don of the U.S. in his first pro­fes­sional bout.

The 23 years-old Ajagbe knocked out his op­po­nent in the first round of the fight in 1.29secs in the Rabobank Theater, Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia in the U.S.

Oko­ro­dudu said that the boxer pos­sessed the physique and strength needed to suc­ceed in his pro­fes­sional quest in the heavy­weight cat­e­gory.

“I know Efe will do well in pro­fes­sional box­ing and he has a lot to offer be­cause age is still on his side.

“He is a strong boxer and his ex­pe­ri­ence in the am­a­teur cat­e­gory will also help him to thrive in years to come,” he said.

Oko­ro­dudu, a for­mer Mid­dleweight cham­pion, said that the boxer made the right de­ci­sion by switch­ing to the pro­fes­sional box­ing.

“His present age is a per­fect time to launch his pro­fes­sional ca­reer be­cause in my days, I went into pro­fes­sional box­ing at the age of 24.

“So, it is a per­fect tim­ing for him to move ahead in his ca­reer and re­lo­cat­ing to the U.S. is a plus for him,” he said.

The coach, how­ever, ad­vised the boxer to re­main fo­cused in his quest to be­come a great boxer.

NAN re­ports that Ajagbe crashed out of the 2016 Olympics in the quar­ter­fi­nals af­ter los­ing to Ivan Dy­chko.

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