Ajagba vs. Goodall – ESPN+ – Nov. 4 – 6 pm ET
Efe Ajagba- Joe Goodall LIVE on ESPN+ SATURDAY at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
When Nigerian heavyweight sensation, Efe Ajagba, meets Australia’s Joe Goodall for a 10-round main event on Nov. 4, Lake Tahoe’s new Tahoe Blue Event Center is in for a historic night. Not just because it’s their first-ever boxing event, but also because this fight is spicy with a hint of déjà vu.
Rewind to 2014’s Commonwealth Games, Glasgow. Ajagba and Goodall, still wet behind the ears, squared off. Goodall had the last laugh then, taking home a decision win. But this is 2023, and a lot has changed.
For the co-main event, Raymond “Danger” Muratalla is set to fire up the ring against the undefeated Mexican Diego Torres in a lightweight clash. With Ajagba-Goodall and Muratalla-Torres being the cherries on top, the night will stream exclusively for U.S. fans live on ESPN+.
Big shoutout to Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment for setting this up. And if you’re already reaching for your wallets, the good news is tickets drop on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Ajagba, known to have hands that could probably shatter concrete, stands tall at 6-foot-6 and weighs 240 pounds of pure muscle. Since he started his pro journey in 2017, he’s been a nightmare for opponents. Flashback to October 2021, Ajagba faced a small hiccup, losing to Frank Sanchez. He underwent elbow surgery and made a triumphant return in 2022. He’s hungry for victory, already having two wins under his belt this year.
Goodall may have started his pro career in 2018, but he’s no stranger to making an impact. With a record like 10-1-1 and 9 KOs, he’s shown he’s got the skill and the grit. His highlight? A recent 6th-round TKO against Stephan Shaw this July.
Then there’s Muratalla, an undefeated machine, who’s made quite the entrance since his pro debut back in 2016. With 12 out of his last 13 opponents not hearing the final bell, he’s one to watch. Earlier this year, he handed Jeremia Nakathila his first stoppage loss. However, an injury saw him delay his fight against Torres.
Speaking of Torres, let’s talk about the Mexican maestro. Starting his career in 2019, he’s been on a knockout spree. After 13 straight KOs, he showcased his stamina in an unforgettable bout against Jonathan Escobedo Martinez in 2022. This year? He’s 4-0, emphasizing his dominance.
Heavyweight Brandon Moore, with an unblemished record of 12-0 and 8 KOs, is poised to make his Top Rank debut. He’s set to go toe-to-toe with Robert Simms. Moore’s notable achievements in 2021, including a strategic victory over Elvis Garcia and a calculated decision against Terrell Jamal Woods, position him as a significant contender. Conversely, Simms, after a unanimous decision triumph against James McKenzie Morrison, will be seeking to leverage this momentum.
In the junior welterweight division, two powerhouses, Henry Lebron and William Foster III, are slated for a 10-round duel. Lebron, who has notched impressive wins against Josec Ruiz and others in 2022, promises an important bout. Foster, having chalked up significant victories in his recent outings, particularly that impactful TKO against Misael Lopez, is geared up for this contest.
Antonio “El Gigante” Mireles, the towering heavyweight, is on the card for a six-round fight. Fresh from his recent victory over Dajuan Calloway, Mireles is a fighter to watch. His opponent is still TBA.
Further down the list, Omar Rosario is slated to return to the ring in an eight-round contest against Angel Rebollar. Both fighters have shown respectable performances in their recent outings, promising a great showdown. Lindolfo Delgado, the unbeaten pugilist, will fight Luis Hernandez Ramos in the junior welterweight division. With both fighters possessing strong records, this bout is expected to be a strategic clash.
The lineup continues with Charlie Sheehy, a product of the Team USA amateur program, who is preparing to meet Jesus Vasquez in a six-round lightweight contest. After Sheehy’s recent dominant performance against Kaylyn Alfred, this upcoming bout has garnered attention.
Concluding the card, middleweight Javier “Milwaukee Made” Martinez is set to confront Isaiah Wise in an eight-round bout, while Reno’s own lightweight Christian Avalos is scheduled for a four-round contest.
“I go by ‘Silent Roller,’ a name that signifies my transformation from calm to fierce once I step into the ring.”
“The significance of this fight is not lost on me. It’s a stepping stone toward a shot at the world title, and the direction of my career hinges on the outcome.”
“Our history in the ring goes back to a defeat I suffered at his hands during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. That’s why this rematch is not just another fight for me; it carries the weight of settling past scores.”
“In the ring, expect to see a ferocious side of me. I’m bringing my all—my rigorous training and intense sparring sessions where I’ve consistently delivered knockouts. All that intensity will be channeled into this fight.”
“Saturday night is set for an intense confrontation. Efe Ajagba is a respected and tough competitor, but I stand confident among the world’s top-contender fighters. With the WBC Silver title at stake, the victor is potentially looking at a world title opportunity, and I’m fully intent on being that victor.”
“I’ve taken notes from his sole defeat at the hands of Frank Sanchez, noting the effective tactics used against him. While I won’t be mirroring Sanchez exactly, I plan to adapt certain strategies. We have a shared history of sparring, and familiarity is there. My focus is on the strategic execution when the night arrives.”
(ESPN+ 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT)
• Efe Ajagba 237.6 lbs vs. Joe Goodall 233.5 lbs
(Ajagba’s WBC Silver Heavyweight Title— 10 Rounds)
Judges: Tim Cheatham, Max DeLuca and Chris Flores
Referee: Tony Weeks
• Raymond Muratalla 134 lbs vs. Diego Torres Nunez 134.8 lbs
(Muratalla’s NABF & WBO Global Lightweight Titles — 10 Rounds)
Judges: Eric Cheek, Dave Moretti and David Sutherland
Referee: Celestino Ruiz
• Christian Avalos 134.5 lbs vs. Estevan Partida 134.6 lbs
(Lightweight — 4 Rounds)
• Henry Lebron 129.1 lbs vs. William Foster III 129.4 lbs
(Junior Lightweight — 10 Rounds)
• Omar Rosario 140 lbs vs. Angel Rebollar 137.8 lbs
(Junior Welterweight — 8 Rounds)
• Lindolfo Delgado 140.1 lbs vs. Luis Hernandez 140.3 lbs
(Junior Welterweight — 8 Rounds)
• Brandon Moore 234.7 lbs vs. Robert Simms 238.5 lbs
(Heavyweight — 8 Rounds)
• Antonio Mireles 268.7 lbs vs. Skylar Lacy 252.7 lbs
(Heavyweight — 6 Rounds)
• Charlie Sheehy 134.9 lbs vs. Jesus Vasquez Jr. 134.2 lbs
(Lightweight — 6 Rounds)
(Junior Lightweight — 6 Rounds)
• Javier Martinez 161.8 lbs vs. Isaiah Wise 160.8 lbs
(Middleweight — 8 Rounds)