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STRANGE: Ajagba Opponent Walks Out Before Start Of Heavyweight Clash

Photos courtesy Fox 9, FS1 PBC

ABIODUN OKANLAWON

Nigerian heavyweight boxer Efe Ajagba is at the centre of a viral video on social media after his opponent walked out before a punch was thrown on Friday night.

The short video shows Ajagba’s opponent, Curtis Harper, listening patiently as the All Africa Games gold medallist was introduced by the ring announcer before calmly climbing the ropes to leave the ring and head for the dressing rooms without even a backward glance.

The audience was stunned and a few boos could be heard, but Harper kept walking away.

The fight was at the Armory in Minneapolis, in the United States of America.

Harper was disqualified after the stunt, leaving opponent Ajagba with the victory, his sixth since turning professional in 2017.

Ajagba won all his previous five pro fights via knockouts. Harper has won 13 fights and lost five in his career.

Fox 9 reported that Harper walked away in protest over poor pay.

 A Fox Sports 1 reporter covering the fight, Jordan Hardy, said: “I spoke to Harper and he said he walked out of the ring because he’s not getting paid enough to fight and he wants respect.”

Ajagba, 24, a super heavyweight as an amateur, won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and gold a year later at the All Africa Games in Congo.

He reached the quarter-finals of the Rio 2016 Olympics before turning pro in July 2017.

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