Marcos Maidana is the highest-paid undercard fighter on the Canelo vs Lopez show, and has a higher purse than Josesito Lopez, even. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Earlier today, we posted the purses for the Showtime main event between Canelo Alvarez and Josesito Lopez, and we've also had the Chavez Jr vs Martinez purses for the HBO PPV on Saturday night. Now we'll take a look at the Canelo vs Lopez undercard, which has some interesting figures.
In the main undercard fight, WBC featherweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez will face Daniel Ponce De Leon in what is a really good fight, truly the best pound-for-pound fight of this card. Ponce De Leon, the challenger and a Golden Boy fighter, will make $100,000 for the fight.
Gonzalez, the champion and promoted (in part, at least -- I can't recall if he's one of those guys with, like, three promoters) by Goossen Tutor, will make just $40,000. When you compare that to the rest of the televised undercard, well, it's pretty damn low.
Marcos Maidana will face Jesus Soto Karass in a 147-pound bounce-back effort. Soto Karass hasn't looked very good lately, and Maidana looked pretty dreadful in his February loss to Devon Alexander. Maidana is the highest-paid of the undercard fighters at $250,000 for his purse -- actually $37,500 more than what Josesito Lopez, also a Goossen Tutor guy, will make for the main event. Maidana is a Golden Boy fighter.
If you combine what Lopez and Gonzalez are making, you get $262,500, barely more than Maidana for what is essentially a tune-up for him. And the fact that Soto Karass, a professional opponent at this stage, is making two times what Gonzalez is making -- well, I hope this sheds some light on the other reason that Chavez Jr is making double what Martinez is making, for instance. Top Rank and Golden Boy have way, way more money than their American "competitors."
Leo Santa Cruz will defend his WBC bantamweight title for the first time in the night's opening Showtime bout, facing veteran Eric Morel. Santa Cruz is set to make $85,000, with Morel taking $35,000. Both are Golden Boy guys.\
The entire card still has that $100,000 knockout bonus, too, open to all of the main card fighters but not to the off-TV guys. So if Andres Gutierrez, for instance, happens to score some particularly incredible knockout, then tough titty, I think is the appropriate term.
Here's a quick look at the rest of the undercard:
Sergio Thompson - $10,000
Carlos Claudio - $9,000
Eddie Gomez - $5,000
Quintan Whitaker - $8,000
Andres Gutierrez - $15,000
Carlos Valcarcel - $10,000
Francisco Vargas - $5,000