The actions of one Curtis Harper on August 24 shocked the boxing world when he walked out on Efe Ajagba in the middle of a boxing match, but perhaps no one was more shocked than Nate Campbell, who was working in Harper's corner on that night.
Campbell spoke to Fightful about that night in which Harper walked out on his opponent on live, national television. Campbell recalled what his feelings were on that night as Harper, who claims he was being mistreated and was not given a fair purse for fighting on television, made his way to the locker room.
“I was still in shock. I was still totally in shock. After he had walked out, someone from the commission told me, ‘If you don’t get him back in one minute, he’ll be disqualified and suspended indefinitely.’ I was like in a haze. I had no idea what was going on. I eventually got to talk to him and he was rambling about some nonsense and was saying stuff that didn’t make sense. He is under this delusion that they were going to take money from this purse. I spoke to everyone involved and confirm that they were not out to take money from his purse,” Campbell said.
In regards to Harper's purse for that fight, which would have been $6,000 had he gone through with actually fighting, Campbell believes $6,000 is enough for someone who sports a 1-2 win-loss record in his last three fights.
“Curtis Harper is angry with boxing. He’s angry with the sport of boxing because he didn’t make it. He didn’t do everything necessary on his part. It’s almost like he’s narcissistic. Here’s my issue with this. He’s 1-2 in his last three fights and now he’s on TV and fighting a guy who is 5-0. $6,000 is a lot of money for a guy who is 1-2 in his last three fights and was knocked out two fights ago,” Campbell said.
Harper was disqualified for his actions and awarded a loss. The Minnesota Office of Combative Sports is currently investigating the matter and is expected to have a verdict this week.