Blue-chip heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (6-0, 5 KOs), 24, a 2016 Nigerian Olympian who has moved to the United States to train in Houston under the guidance of Ronnie Shields, was scheduled for a six-round bout with Curtis Harper (13-6, 9 KOs), 30, of Jacksonville, Florida, in one of the televised bouts on the Premier Boxing Champions card on Fox Sports 1.

Both fighters made their way to the ring, were introduced to the crowd, walked to the center of the ring for the final instructions from referee Celestino Ruiz and then returned to their respective corners to await the final bell. But when the bell rang, Harper stunningly left the ring.

He walked down the steps, up the ramp and out of the arena, leaving Ajagba and everyone else dumbfounded.

Ruiz ruled Ajagba the winner by way of disqualification at one second of the first round.

According to PBC ringside reporter Jordan Hardy, who said she spoke to Harper, he walked out of the ring because “he’s not getting paid enough to fight and that he wants respect.”

Harper did, however, sign a contract for the bout for a set purse. That left many Twitter users scratching their heads.