ESPN viewers had to stay up late to catch Friday Night Fights this past weekend from the Hard Rock in Vegas, but when all was said and done, it sure was worth it, as we were treated to an all-action battle between Michael Katsidis and Albert Mensah in the junior welterweight main event.
Though Katsidis threw a staggering amount of punches, Mensah pulled the deserved upset victory and put the Aussie fan favorite's career prospects in serious doubt.
Katsidis' purse for the fight was $25,000, while Mensah was paid $9,780. Katsidis had approved advances of $10,000 that left him with a net contestant's share of $14,975 ($125 for licenses).
I think we can all agree that they both earned their money, and surely deserved more compared to some of Saturday's purses, or, well, a lot of Saturday night purses. Too bad there was no $50,000 win bonus for these guys.
In the scheduled televised co-feature, Alan Sanchez stopped Artemio Reyes in the first round of a rematch that could eventually lead to a third fight. Neither is a big star or anything, but I'd say that's actually a good reason to bring them back to FNF later this year. Reyes, who was favored to win, made $6,000, and Sanchez was paid $3,000.
The show also featured a very entertaining four-round swing fight between Taylor Larson ($1,300) and Cameron Kreal ($1,200). Kreal won by majority decision.
Here are quick figures from the off-TV fights:
Brent Rodrigues $1,200
Yosmani Abreu $1,200
Edwin Reyes $300
Yosigey Ramirez $500
Luis Monda $1,000
Richard Colas Quesada $1,000
Alexis Hernandez $1,000
Sergio Lopez Moran $1,000
Remember that $300/$500 fight, because I'm sure Lorenzo Fertitta has marked it down for future use.