The Nigerian heavyweight, 26-year-old, who had recently welcomed a clash with Joshua, holds the WBA, IBF, and WBO world titles. Had extended his unbeaten record to 14 wins with a complete unanimous decision over Rice on Sunday.
During his interview with sky sports, he told Sky Sports that.
“The people would support Joshua because he is the heavyweight champ,”
“Skill would beat Joshua, not power. Joshua and I both have the ability, but skills control the power.
“I have more skills.”
Ajagba previously stopped 11 of his opponents with explosive power. However, on this occasion, he opted to control Rice for ten rounds with his stiff jab, earning verdicts of 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92 from the judges. Judge Max DeLuca had the bout 98-92, while judges Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti scored it 99-91 in favor of Ajagba. He was 131-of-406 in total punches (32%), far exceeding Rice’s pedestrian effort, who was just 39-of-269 (14%), according to Compubox, scoring predominantly off his ramrod jabs. He had stopped 11 of his previous 13 opponents explosively. Still, his performance against Rice failed to live up to those high standards because he suffered a hand injury that prevented him from producing a standard knockout.