Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Big fights, big money at Barclays
By Dan Rafael
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.