However, tonight I was organizing Nevada’s boxing payouts for last year, putting together a database for Bad Left Hook, and I got to the event in question and noticed something.
There was no fighter on the show who made only $275 for their fight.
There were four fighters on the card who were in four round fights. Timothy Hall, Jr. was 2-10 in his last 12 fights and was paid $2,500 gross for his losing performance on this card. His opponent, Badou Jack, made a gross purse of $2,000. Razvan Conaju made a disclosed $500 (more on him in a moment) and his opponent Kourtney Boden scored $1,000.
Conaju is a former Olympian from Romania and I think this is a case where the disclosed pay doesn’t tell the whole story, especially given that he made $3,000 for his pro debut a few months earlier. Still, not a $275 payout.
This is just the latest accusation of truthiness to be thrown around in this big dumb story. ESPN says fighters are terrified of speaking about pay on the record. The UFC says ESPN were fishing for malcontents and would ditch interviews when they didn’t get the dirt they were looking for. ESPN put Ken Shamrock forward as a legitimate news source. Lorenzo Fertitta invented a $275 boxer. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all pretty stupid.