With KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 being held in the state of California, we actually get to see their official purses for their respective pro boxing debuts.
Guess what? They are getting a lot of money!
The California State Athletic Commission has put down $900,000 each for both headliners for this six-round cruiserweight bout. If we’re being completely realistic, they’re making a lot more money than that through their personal sponsorships and (at least from KSI’s side) perhaps a cut of the pay-per-view from Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom.
When these two fought in an amateur bout last year, they reportedly sold over a million pay-per-views and made millions of dollars. One can only assume history will repeat itself for Saturday.
As for the actual established boxers on the undercard, WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney is getting a $1 million purse, which is one hell of a feat at just 20 years old. His opponent, the unheralded Alfredo Santiago, is getting a decidedly paltry $90,000, although it might be more than what’s listed given how often foreign fighters have underreported payouts for tax reasons.
WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders’ Matchroom Boxing debut sees him get an official purse of $750,000 against substantial underdog Marcelo Esteban Coceres, whose purse is just $80,000, but much like Santiago, it could be higher (but not much higher) than what’s been listed.
Ronny Rios aside, basically everyone else on the undercard is not even top-50 in their respective weight class. It’s a bunch of prospects and opponents brought in to lose to those prospects, so there’s a big gap in pay for the top and the bottom.
The full payouts are below:
Logan Paul and KSI will each earn $900,000 guaranteed on Saturday for their fight at Staples Center, per the CSAC.— Manouk Akopyan (@ManoukAkopyan) November 9, 2019
Devin Haney is making $1 million for his WBC title defense.
Billy Joe Saunders will earn $750K for his WBO title defense.#KSILoganPaul2 #Boxing pic.twitter.com/Qr2JHxmNGe