Three heavyweight clashes have been confirmed for the undercard of the fast-approaching Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder trilogy fight on July 24.
On what promises to be a night of heavyweight intrigue at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, unbeaten duo Efe Ajagba and Frank Sanchez will risk their ‘0s’ in a 10-rounder.
“I am honoured to be fighting on the Fury-Wilder III pay-per-view as the co-main event,” said Nigerian Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs). “I have been patiently waiting for this opportunity to showcase my skills. My fans — and critics — can expect to see more jabs, head movement, footwork and power in both hands against Frank Sanchez. July 24 is going to be a special night for ‘The One and Only’ Efe Ajagba.”
Cuban Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs) added: “I look forward to fighting Efe Ajagba and coming out victorious. Boxing fans want to see the best fight the best. People say Efe Ajagba is avoided, and that’s exactly why I chose to fight him. Fans can expect a great fight between two undefeated heavyweights July 24.”
The PPV event also features the heavyweight rematch between Finland’s Robert Helenius and popular Pole Adam Kownacki. ‘Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius stunned Kownacki in four rounds in March 2020 just before the worldwide lockdown for Covid-19.
“I’m looking forward to repeating my first performance against Kownacki on July 24,” said Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs). “Boxing fans can expect another incredible fight with my hand raised in victory once again. All of Finland will be behind me when I show the world why I am most deserving of a world title fight. My only goal is to be world champion and unfortunately for Adam he stands in my way.”
Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) begs to differ. “I’m very excited to be back in the ring,” he said. “The pandemic made things hard for everyone, but things are getting back to normal. Being a part of an all-heavyweight pay-per-view like this feels great, and it’s a great thing for fans of our sport. This pay-per-view will be action-packed from top to bottom. I can’t wait to get my revenge against Robert Helenius. It’s been a long year waiting for the rematch, but I’ll be getting a victory on July 24. I feel like things will get back to normal and I will prove that I am one of the top heavyweights in the world.”
Rounding off the action is US heavyweight hope and Tyson Fury’s sparring partner Jared Anderson (9-0, 9 KOs) who will step up in class to meet fellow unbeaten Vladimir Tereshkin (22-0-1, 12 KOs), a 6ft 6ins southpaw from Russia.