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Estrada Angered, Demands That 'Superfly' Fighters Get Paid Better

By Miguel Rivera

With the bitter taste of not having been able to go out with the championship last Saturday in California against Srisaket Sr Rungvisai, former world champion Juan Francisco 'Gallo' Estrada has asked the organizers of Superfly to provide better salaries for the smaller weight fighters

Estrada, along with Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez, have long been advocates for smaller weight fighters to get paid more money.

According to the California State Athletic Commission, the winner Sor Rungvisai pocketed 250 thousand dollars, with 100 thousand dollars for Estrada, plus 25 thousand dollars for Carlos Cuadras and McWilliams Arroyo, 40 thousand for Donnie Nietes, 30 thousand for Juan Carlos Reveco, 50 thousand for Brian Viloria and 25 thousand for Artem Dalakian. In total, 545 thousand dollars between all of the main fighters.

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According to data published earlier this week on BoxingScene.com, the HBO televised card had an average audience of 639 thousand fans and peaks of up to 753 thousand, almost 160 thousand viewers less than SuperFly 1, which was headlined by the rematch between Sriskaet Sor Rungvisai and Román 'Chocolatito' González

Estrada is angered that he, along with the other fighters on the show, are paid so little in comparison to the higher weights boxers who appear on HBO.

"I think it's an abuse as they say. It's crumbs for a card as big as this. I'm not saying this just for me, I'm saying this for the entire card - which had the best smaller-weight fighters - and so many people enjoyed it that were there live and also those watching on television. Yes, it is an abuse that they do not pay us what we really deserve, because sometimes we give a much bigger spectacle than some of the [boxers from the] higher weights that earn millions," Estrada said to ESPN Deportes.

Rey Vargas, the WBC super bantamweight champion who is also featured on HBO as of late, was listening to Estrada's comments and agreed with his countryman. He said sometimes the salaries do not correspond with the A-level performances that many of the smaller fighters put forth in the ring.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Willy Wanker on 03-04-2018

The pay was pretty bad for those guys. Looks like an average UFC PPV. The main event guys get low six figures, while everyone else gets low to mid five figures. These guys are rarely ever featured on HBO or…

Comment by MASTER OF you on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=Santa_;18533510]HBO doesn't pay squat anymore. Little guys like Arce used to get paid a hell of a lot more on that network.[/QUOTE] HBO is smart they will keep paying the little guys little. good ratings for small license fees.

Comment by The D3vil on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18531664]That's not my fault, and I don't care. He chose he's career path. Let's see him go to the Zimbabwe or Estonia and see how much they pay their pro athletes. America pays him 100k but an teacher 30k? Kinda…

Comment by Elroy The Great on 03-03-2018

fan interest will dictate their salaries.

Comment by Santa_ on 03-02-2018

HBO doesn't pay squat anymore. Little guys like Arce used to get paid a hell of a lot more on that network.

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