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Guerrero vs Kamegai purses: 'Ghost' returning at $1MM, Kamegai making $75K

Robert Guerrero will be tomorrow night's only million dollar man on the purse sheets, while main event foe Yoshihiro Kamegai will make $75,000.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In one of the bigger main event pay mismatches you'll see on Showtime or HBO any time soon, Robert Guerrero will make a $1 million purse for tomorrow night's Showtime fight, while opponent Yoshihiro Kamegai has a purse of just $75,000.

Certainly, there are bigger differences out there -- every time Floyd Mayweather fights, he makes a lot more than $925,000 more than his opponents, but those guys are still making a couple million in purse total. This is another thing entirely.

As I was reminded on Twitter, this is closer to the Cotto-Mayorga fight a couple of years ago, when Miguel made $1 million and Mayorga had a $50,000 purse, which in the end was something like $12,000 because he had some tax debts or whatever that had to be paid, too.

The bottom line is that they're telling you Kamegai (24-1, 21 KO) is a main event fighter tomorrow, but they sure aren't paying him like he is one, and that's really probably the best indicator of at least perceived worth. $75K and a chance to break through is probably a good deal if you're Kamegai, but it tells you what Golden Boy really thinks of this fight, too.

Devon Alexander will make $450,000 and Jesus Soto Karass $150,000 for their co-feature welterweight bout, while as per their purse bid agreement, Vasyl Lomachenko will make $631,500 to Gary Russell Jr's $421,000. Russell's team tried to challenge that, but were denied by the WBO.

Other purses:

  • Chad Dawson $15,000 vs George Blades $20,000. That's not being read wrong. Dawson also loses $3,000 for weight issues, and Blades gets $1,500 of that, so Blades is making $21,500, with Dawson at $12,000 tomorrow. That's the world Chad Dawson is in.
  • Dominic Breazeale $12,500 vs Devin Vargas $12,500.
  • Vyacheslav Shabranskyy $75,000 vs Micahel Gbenga $6,000.
  • Sharif Bogere $10,000 vs Miguel Zamudio $8,000.
  • Michael Hunter $7,500 vs Jerry Forrest $5,000.

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