Who Let The Dogs Out? My Take On Curtis Harper’s Ring Walkout in Minneapolis
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
On August 24, 2018, 13-5 Florida journeyman heavyweight Curtis Harper, who once went the eighty round distance with Chris Arreola, walked out of the ring only one second into his six round bout with 5-0 Nigerian prospect Ele Ajagba at the Minneapolis Armory.
The BoxRec indicates Harper lost by first-round disqualification at 0:01.
Why did he leave the ring? Was he scared chicken, afraid of his opponent? No.
Here’s why it happened…..at least, according to Curtis Harper.
Harper was contracted to fight the six rounder for $6000 and was flown in with his wife and trainer Nate Campbell the day of the bout. The contract stated the bout was untelevised. When Harper entered the ring, the bout was being televised. Harper felt he was being contractually cheated, and thus refused to fight. Harper signed a contract, but then was not given a copy.
Co-promoter Leon Margules claimed he laid out money for meals and hotel rooms for three days for fighters in both camps. Out of pocket expenses were stated at $7,465 over the purses which were to be paid to both fighters. Did the contract state it was to be an untelevised bout? Is the fighter entitled to a copy of the contract or not? Are the terms enforceable?
Without seeing the contract, the dispute between promoters and fighter remains in question. The infamous bout which lasted one second will live on forever in infamy as a bout people will always remember and never forget, the worst televised pro boxing bout in modern history.
Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who?
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