Nope, it was not a dream.
Curtis Harper waited for the bell to go off to signal the beginning of round one Friday at Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota in an FS1 televised bout, but instead of fighting heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba, he chose to take the Charlie Zelenoff route, and left the ring faster than the North Stars left the city for Dallas.
Harper was immediately disqualified by referee Celestino Ruiz and the 6'5" Ajagba, who also has a staggering 88" reach, was awarded the victory.
Ajagba (6-0, 5 KO's), 24, a Nigeria native training out of Stafford, Texas, who fought for Nigeria in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, however, lost his perfect KO rating as a result of Harper's stunt, which he claims was a result of not being paid enough.
Ironically, Harper will likely have problems finding fights going forward, and thus will probably have more issues getting paid in boxing. For instance, former heavyweight contender Tor Hamer quit in the middle of a fight with former title challenger Andy Ruiz Jr. in November 2013, and was immediately sacked by promoter Lou DiBella.
He has not fought since.
Harper's purse will be withheld by the Minnesota Office of Combative Sports, and he will likely be suspended and fined for his actions.