Efe Ajagba: A Time of Reckoning

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Boxing as a sport or martial art is ancient to countless cultures across the world. A century ago, boxing in Urhoboland was known as ubi ejeh (the service of punches) or Urhobo Blow (UB) in pidgin. The sport of UB, many rue, has all but faded away even as folklore. Some have hoped for its revival, to no avail. However, arts long forgotten can become popular again and take on a new existence (cf. Olympic Games). All it takes is a chance of incidence. Efe Ajagba, a US based heavyweight boxer, of Urhobo heritage might be the man UB needs. He is a fantastic boxer whose fights prompt many of his people to desire the return of Ubi ejeh. Seeing two or more Urhobos watching an Ajagba fight will give you a sense of that revival spirit. We do not intend presenting claims about his future as world champion. The heritage of his fighting style and his need to upgrade it is our interest here. Continue reading