Big fights, big money at Barclays
October, 17, 2012
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
The newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., will host Saturday night what is supposed to be the first of many regular boxing shows in the coming years (Showtime, 8 ET/PT plus preliminaries on Showtime Extreme at 7 p.m.).
Golden Boy Promotions has an exclusive deal with the building to provide those cards. The first one will feature four world title bouts -- the first such bout in Brooklyn since 1931.
This card doesn't come cheap. Showtime is paying Golden Boy -- its virtually exclusive fight provider -- big money to put on the card. Based on the purses, Showtime likely is putting up in the range of $4 million to televise the card, a huge amount these days for a premium cable card.
Without further adieu, the purses for the entire show, as per the New York State Athletic Commission:
• Junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia, $1 million; challenger and former titlist Erik Morales, $300,000
• Welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi, $350,000; challenger Pablo Cesar Cano, $150,000
• Middleweight titlist Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, $400,000; challenger "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin, $150,000
• Welterweight titlist Randall Bailey, $500,000; challenger and former junior welterweight titlist Devon Alexander, $600,000
• Middleweight Daniel Jacobs, $15,000; opponent Josh Luteran, $11,000 (This is the main bout on Showtime Extreme.)
• Also on the card: welterweight Dmitriy Salita ($10,000) vs. Brandon Hoskins ($10,000); former welterweight titlist Luis Collazo ($15,000) vs. Steve Upsher ($8,000); junior middleweight Eddie Gomez ($5,000) vs. Saul Benitez ($3,000); junior middleweight Boyd Melson ($2,000) vs. Jason Thompson ($2,500).
That’s a grand total of $3,531,500 for the purses on the show, which has many other expenses as well.