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KSI, Logan Paul To Each Make $900K For Fight, Haney $1M

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.

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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 manouk.akopyan@gmail.com.

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Comment by Timur78 on 11-13-2019

[QUOTE=New England;20186237]lol it's not hard to understand dude. let me break it down. they get paid for something they are good at; selling a fight. dazn [I]costs money.[/I] crazy, right? so dazn wants to make [I]more money[/I]. ever seen south…

Comment by Timur78 on 11-13-2019

[QUOTE=revelated;20186384]Look at it this way. When boxers were featured on WWE it was at a time they were popular, which brought those eyes to WWE's product. Same as when CM Punk went to MMA, brought wrestler eyes to that product.…

Comment by revelated on 11-13-2019

[QUOTE=Timur78;20186222]But maybe they should be paid big money for something relevant they are good at? I also don't understand the social media and popularity thing either. So I have no hope in understanding this...[/QUOTE] Look at it this way. When…

Comment by New England on 11-13-2019

[QUOTE=Timur78;20186222]But maybe they should be paid big money for something relevant they are good at? I also don't understand the social media and popularity thing either. So I have no hope in understanding this...[/QUOTE] lol it's not hard to understand…

Comment by Timur78 on 11-13-2019

[QUOTE=revelated;20178368]Because they have millions of followers. They're being paid for exposure.[/QUOTE] But maybe they should be paid big money for something relevant they are good at? I also don't understand the social media and popularity thing either. So I have…

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