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One of the most ridiculous moments in boxing occurred on US TV in 2018 as Curtis Harper left the ring as soon as the bell rang.
Harper was squaring off against Nigerian Efe Ajagba in a heavyweight encounter and did all the boxing formalities before bailing. He had his gloves and gear on, made his entrance, listened to the ref's pre-match instructions and touched gloves with his opponent.
Yet when the bout officially started, the 30-year old exited the ring in seconds and headed straight back to the dressing room. The commentators, much like fans in attendance, were in complete and utter disbelief at what they were seeing. I guarantee you'll never seen anything of the sort.
What the hell did we just watch. Bell rang to start the heavyweight fight between Efe Ajagba and Curtis Harper and Harper turned around and walked right out of the ring and back to the dressing room. On live tv.- Kid Bassey (@BoxingLegal) August 25, 2018
Without a single punch thrown, 25-year old Ajagba was given the easiest of victories as a result of disqualification, with Harper's record moving to 13-6 at the time.
But he wasn't quite channeling a WWE heel/villain, where they roll out the ring and try to take off.
It's emerged that the reason he walked out was because of a compensation dispute and Harper feeling he warranted a better pay packet.
Curtis Harper said "They are not paying me enough" as his reason for running off from the fight.- BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) August 25, 2018
Harper, perhaps unsurprisingly, hasn't fought since, not that he fought on that night either, but Ajagba has gone from strength to strength, winning on some big cards.
He fought on the undercard of Jermell Charlo's loss to Tony Harrison at the Barclay's Center at the end of 2018, at the MGM Grand on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's historic win over Keith Thurman and at the Toyota Arena as Charlo won his world title back.
Speaking to DAZN last month the Nigerian said the walkout helped him, saying, "He helped me put my profile up. That guy already made my name high up."
The 26-year-old beat Razvan Cojanu last month and he's eyeing a big fight, "I feel it. I feel it. I feel the energy. It's going to come soon - that big fight."
Harper's bizarre actions were partially replicated by British heavyweight Danny Williams, one time conqueror of Mike Tyson, last year.
Williams did his ring walk in civilian clothes climbed into the ring and explained to everyone, including his ready opponent, that he wasn't going to be fighting.
Just when you think you've seen it all. 2am in Germany & Danny Williams (53-28, 40 KO's) makes his ring walk in civilian clothes, supposedly to face Gueney Artak (6-0, 6 KO's) for the GBA heavyweight title. Williams informs the crowd he felt ill in the morning & can't fight. pic.twitter.com/p02lI9QLhZ- Tim - Boxeo 拳闘 Boxen бокс มวย Boks 拳击 Box (@Hock1717) December 15, 2019
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