Karmazin Reflects, Says Very Few Get Rich in Boxing

By Ruslan Chikov

Former junior middleweight world champion Roman Karmazin (40-4-2, 26KOs) says boxing is a sport where very few fighters walk away rich. Karmazin, 38-years-old, announced his retirement after suffering a bad knockout to Daniel Geale in October. He wants to start a new life by training a few fighters, writing a book on boxing and plans to open a small hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"Boxing is over for me. I can only teach boxing. I have three sons, a mother, a wife, but what are the opening for a new life? I've learned how many vile people there are. I've distributed half million rubles to friends. Only one returned 150,000. I thought there were a lot of snakes in boxing, but in ordinary life - it's even worse," Karmazin told FE.

"I'm going to open a mini-hotel in St. Petersburg, where it is fashionable. There are a bunch of small hotels, and all of them stay packed.......even in the winter. I do not regret being a boxer because I was a world champion. And I have not had a lot of money when compared to Klitschko or Tszyu in terms of purses. These fellows have earned a lot. The remaining boxers get nickels and dimes. Our people think: 'if you were a world champion, you have amassed a million dollars.' If you add up all of my purses - a million dollars would be very far away. I'm now going to have a book written to tell the truth [about boxing]."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by starsjuicebar on 04-25-2011

It's to bad that some of the commentators are making more than some of the fighters on the card.

Comment by cleaner147 on 04-24-2011

Roman Karmazin was one hell of a champion.

Comment by Ryn0 on 04-24-2011

[QUOTE=Check;10429019]No idea what the conversion rate is and what things in Russia usually cost, but it still sounds like he didn't watch his wallet close enough. I recall Charlie "Russian Pride" Zellenoff was supposed to be trained by Karmazin. I…

Comment by Pastrano on 04-24-2011

He was robbed against Spinks as well. Roman at his best was a very classy and dangerous fighter. He could box and punch. He was trully MADE IN HELL.:boxing:

Comment by MARKBNLV on 04-24-2011

The man speaks the truth very few fighters ever garner the popularity it takes to draw huge purses,a couple of my buddies who were solid pros barely scrape by these days.

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