Ajagba-Cojanu To Co-Main Kownacki-Helenius Card
Brooklyn will be booming with heavyweights on March 7, as Efe Ajagba will fight Razvan Cojanu in a ten-round bout. Inside the Barclays Center, the bout will be the co-main event of the Adam Kownacki WBA Heavyweight Title eliminator bout against Robert Helenius. The fight is promoted by Premier Boxing Champions and Brooklyn Boxing.
Fighting four times in 2019, Ajagba (12-0) has ten wins via knockout. His last bout was in December, beating Iago Kiladze via KO after five rounds of action. Two fights last year ended in KO, while fights against Amir Mansour and Ali Eren Demirezen ended in corner retirement and unanimous decision, respectively. The 25-year-old is best known for a bout against Curtis Harper back in 2018. As the fight started, Harper walked out of the ring, getting himself disqualified.
The young gun will face a major step up in competition as he faces the 32-year-old Romanian in Cojanu. In his last fight in October, Cojanu (17-6) beat Tamaz Zadishvili via unanimous decision. Following a 13-1 start to his career, Cojanu (17-6) lost to Donovan Dennis via KO in 2015. He then won three in a row, earning him a title fight against then-WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker. Losing the fight via unanimous decision, Cojanu lost his next three in a row against a Murders’ Row of heavyweight fighters: Luis Ortiz (via KO), Nathan Gorman (via unanimous decision) and Daniel Dubois (via KO). The win against Zadishvili was his first since 2016, and he looks to climb back up the mountain one step at a time.
The non-televised undercard features Brooklyn’s Zachary Ochoa in super lightweight action, while heavyweights Robert Alfonso and Carlos Negron will do battle against one another. Ochoa (20-1) is on a four-fight win streak, beating Daulis Prescott via unanimous decision. This will be his fifth time fighting inside the Barclays Center.
The 33-year-old Alfonso (19-0-1) won his last fight against Steven Lyons in August via TKO. While undefeated, his “clean win streak” was broken when he fought Iago Kiladze to a split decision draw in May. Negron (20-3) is on a two-fight losing streak, losing to both Dominic Breazeale and Brian Howard via KO.