Heavyweight boxers Curtis Harper and Efe Ajagba were all set to do battle at a Premier Boxing Champions event in Minnesota on Friday night. They bumped firsts, then headed to their respective corners. The bell rung. And …
Harper decided there would be no fight.
Within one second of the bell, he ducked through the ropes, out of the ring. He walked back to his locker room to the astonishment, and then the boos, of fans:
— PBC (@premierboxing) August 25, 2018
PBC commentator Jordan Hardy, who claimed to have spoken to Harper, said the 30-year-old ditched the bout “because he’s not getting paid enough” and “wants respect.”
— Jordan Hardy (@PBCJordanHardy) August 25, 2018
When Harper did not return from the locker room, Ajagba was awarded a win by disqualification. He’ll still get his payday. Harper reportedly won’t.
Ajagba, a 24-year-old Nigerian, improved to 7-0 – with 5 KOs and now one victory via DQ – in his young career.
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