Efe Ajagba Wins By DQ, Opponent Harper Leaves Ring and Bails

By Keith Idec

Curtis Harper took one look at huge heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba on Friday night and decided whatever he was supposed to be paid wasn’t enough.

After hearing instructions from referee Celestino Ruiz and standing face to face with the hard-hitting Ajagba, Harper walked out of the ring before their scheduled six-rounder even began. He was immediately disqualified by Ruiz.

A perplexed Ajagba watched Harper take the long walk from the ring to his dressing room as one of the strangest scenes in boxing history unfolded inside The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The 6-feet-5, 236½-pound Ajagba was heavily favored to beat Harper (13-6, 9 KOs), a 6-feet-2, 254-pound veteran from Jacksonville, Florida, who has been knocked out three times in his eight-year career. Ajagba (6-0, 5 KOs), who fought for Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, had knocked out the first five opponents of his pro career, four of them in the first round.

Jordan Hardy, FS1’s roving reporter for Friday night’s broadcast, said Harper told her he was displeased with his undisclosed purse for facing Ajagba. His purse will be withheld by the Minnesota Office of Combative Sports, and he’ll likely face a suspension and a fine.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Deontay Wilder on 02-13-2019

Jefe Ajagba is truly a bloodthirsty savage. His opponents can sense that even before the fight begins. Like Ike Ibeabuchi, he brushes off punches like they're nothing. He just keeps coming forward until the ref is crying and pulling him…

Comment by JimmyValmer on 02-13-2019

That’s what I call a Big drama show !

Comment by BLASTER1 on 08-26-2018

Holy crap. Never seen nothin like that.

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 08-26-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;19048835]According to Boxrec, Ajagba has an 88 inch reach![/QUOTE] boxrec are starting to become unreliable..check his pbc profile,it states he's 6'5 with 83 inch reach

Comment by BLACK KNOT on 08-25-2018

lol typical pbc trash!!! guy walked out because he wasnt getting payed enough al gaymon takes care of his fighters doe LMAO!

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