Watch: Boxer Curtis Harper walks out of ring at start of fight
They say with sports that you tune in because you might see something you’ve never seen before. What happened on Friday night in Minneapolis was something most fans have never before seen.
Boxer Curtis Harper was all ready for his heavyweight fight against Efe Ajagba, but as soon as the bell rang for the start of Round 1, he exited the ring.
Well that's a new one…
Boxer Curtis Harper left the ring seconds into his fight because of a compensation dispute. pic.twitter.com/RiJcqpA6Jr
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 25, 2018
Harper’s shocking actions led to speculation that he was scared to fight, but he later shared some clarity about the matter. Harper told Premiere Boxing Champions’ Jordan Hardy that he was not getting paid enough to fight.
— Jordan Hardy (@PBCJordanHardy) August 25, 2018
Harper entered the fight 13-5 but dropped to 13-6 after his loss by disqualification. Ajagba, a 24-year-old Nigerian, was 5-0 entering the fight with five knockouts. He improves to 6-0 but loses his perfect knockout to victory ratio. That had to have been the easiest win of his career.