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Curtis Harper and Efe Ajagba touch gloves (Image: Premier Boxing Champions/Youtube)

American Boxer Walks Out Of Bout With Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba In Protest Over Pay

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Boxer Curtis Harper stunningly walked out of the ring at the opening bell of his fight with Efe Ajagba.

The 30-year-old was due to take on Ajagba in as six-round bout in Minneapolis on Friday night.

Both fighters made their way into the ring, took instructions from the referee and touched gloves ahead of the first round at the Armory.

But as the final bell rang, Harper stunned the watching fans and his Nigerian opponent by deciding to leave the ring.

As Ajagba looked on puzzled, his heayyweight opponent walked down the steps, up the ramp and out of the arena.

Ajagba was ruled the winner via disqualification at one second of the opening round.

Harper, who is set to face a suspension, is alleged to have told reporters he is not getting paid enough, or receiving enough respect, to take to the ring.

Trainer Nate Campbell said he was “embarrassed” by his fighter’s move.

“This man disrespected himself, his wife, the fans and me,” Campbell posted on social media.

Ajagba’s promoter saw it differently though and feels Harper simply feared the Olympian.


“We waited a long time to have another heavyweight who instills fear in his opponents by just being in the ring and looking at them,” Richard Schaefer said.


“The last time a fighter instilled that kind of fear in an opponent was Mike Tyson. The heavyweight division has a new star, and his name is Efe. No doubt that he is the biggest puncher in the sport.


“He defined what the most feared man in boxing means — no punch necessary. A look and the opponent runs, runs out of the ring.”


About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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