Logan Paul and KSI can say they hate each other all they want, but their bad blood was tailor made for them to make good business.
Tasked with selling out Staples Center in Los Angeles and diversifying DAZN’s subscriber base, the two YouTubers and socialites will each earn $900,000 guaranteed for their exploits when they face each other in their pro debut Saturday, according to figures the California State Athletic Commision released to BoxingScene.com. The fighters also have clauses in their contracts that could make that figure even more lucrative depending on how well the show performs.
Their first fight, an amatuer one, took place at the Manchester Arena in London, drew 15,000 fans and sold 1.2 million pay-per-views at $10 each. The pair will be leveraging a combined audience of over 91 million, with designs to bring new fans to the sport.
WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, the co-headliner, will defend his title for the first time and earn $1 million guaranteed for his fight against Alfredo Santiago, who will take home $90,000 when he steps in the ring against the 20-year-old.
WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will make his United States debut and earn $750,000 guaranteed against Marcelo Esteban Coceres. Coceres is set to make $80,000.
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at [email protected].