A potential January 29 fight between Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander is still in the works. Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com reports that Timothy Bradley has been offered $1.1 million by promoter Gary Shaw, but it may not be enough. Shaw has received no response from Bradley, and Alexander has not received an offer from Don King.
The hang-up on the $1.1 million thing is because Amir Khan made at least that much for a fight earlier this year with Paul Malignaggi. What neither side is mentioning is that Khan made that much because Golden Boy Promotions gave him a huge guarantee per fight to help convince him to leave Frank Warren.
No matter what the money is, Bradley and Alexander would each be making career-high paydays, unless something was gummed up before this. Bradley has had one fight on HBO, draws small crowds in California, and despite being regarded by most as the best 140-pounder in the world, is still a relative unknown. Alexander does well in his hometown, but we're talking about 10,000 fans without huge ticket prices, so it's not like he's pulled in massive live gates or anything. He's done relatively, well, but not amazingly well.
From the outside looking in, this doesn't seem like everything's going swimmingly. Everyone in boxing is looking to max their money, but we're at a point where no-draw fighters like Alfredo Angulo are turning down $750,000 and a shot at the middleweight champion of the world. Hopefully, this doesn't go in that direction, because I think fans are going to see through that, and in a bad economy where boxing is not the hottest ticket past Pacquiao and Mayweather, anyone that turns down $1 million-plus is likely to lose some standing with fans. Nobody has yet in this case, and hopefully nobody will.