Stephan Shaw, a “Big Shot,” has spent his entire career anticipating this opportunity. The 30-year-old from St. Louis now has the chance to enter the heavyweight contention picture this Saturday when he fights Efe Ajagba in a ten-round contest at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. He has spent most of his nine+ years as a professional toiling away on obscure club shows and buried deep on undercards, but this Saturday’s fight against Efe Ajagba will be the first time he has faced the heavy.
Efe Ajagba vs. Stephan Shaw Ring Walk time
- Date: Saturday, January 14 | January 15
- Start time: 10 p.m. ET | 3 a.m. GMT | 2 p.m. AEDT
- Main event: 12 a.m. ET | 5 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. AEDT (approx.)
- TV/ Stream: Fitepass (anywhere)
How to watch Ajagba vs Shaw full fight live stream anywhere
The Ajagba vs. Shaw main card and undercard will air exclusively on ESPN and ESPN+ in the United States. But, you can stream the heavyweight title match via Fitepass from anywhere.
Fight Preview & Cards
In a big event on ESPN, Efe Ajagba keeps up his comeback against unbeaten substitute Stephen Shaw. Ajagba, a Nigerian living in Houston, is renowned for his size (6 feet 6 inches) and punching force. After being brutally defeated by Frank Sanchez in October 2021, the 28-year-old appeared to have reached his ceiling as a contender. In his lone fight since, a second-round knockout of Jozsef Darmos in August, he bounced back. Oscar Rivas was supposed to fight Ajagba, however, Rivas withdrew due to an eye injury. Shaw, who was supposed to compete on the undercard, agreed to step up on short notice to take on the intimidating young opponent. Shaw was very active last year, engaging in three fights. He recently defeated Rydell Booker in an eight-round unanimous decision in November. He has only ever competed in one scheduled 10-round match, which was more than three years ago. The St. Louis native who turned professional in 2013 is 30 years old, and this is by far his greatest opportunity.
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Stephan Shaw vs. Efe Ajagba Prediction
Ajagba can seriously trouble any opponent with his explosiveness in the hands. Shaw, though, is also no slouch in this regard. Big Shot might need to play it safe defensively in this situation given Ajagba’s significant reach advantage in order to prevent his chin from being rocked. But as this conflict continues, Shaw gains an increasing advantage.
Based on previous fights, The Silent Roller’s cardio isn’t quite at Shaw’s level. Chances are that “Big Shot” will ultimately win over the judges for a hotly contested decision victory as this combat enters the deep end.