Saturday 19 October 2019

WATCH: Heavyweight boxer walks out of the ring seconds after the opening bell in bizarre protest

Harper walked out of the ring without a punch being thrown.
Harper walked out of the ring without a punch being thrown.

Sam Roberts

There were bizarre scenes in Minneapolis last night as American heavyweight boxer Curtis Harper exited the ring without a punch being thrown in his bout with Efe Ajagba.

The 30-year-old American came into the fight with a record of 13-6 against his unbeaten opponent, and after following the pre-fight formalities with no indication of what was to come, upon hearing the opening bell he exited the ring and returned to the dressing room to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

The heavyweight has not yet commented publicly on the reasons behind his protest, but it is believed to centre around a dispute on pay, with PBC journalist Jordan Hardy reporting that Harper felt he was "not getting paid enough to fight".

Harper was eventually disqualified and Ajagba handed the win, the Nigerian's professional record improving to 6-0 in the most unusual of circumstances.

Watch the events below:

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