Vasiliy Lomachenko has a purse of $1.2 million for tonight’s ESPN+ main event from Los Angeles, but ESPN says his guarantee is “about $3.2 million” for his fight with WBA mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla.
Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO) was originally supposed to face IBF titleholder Richard Commey to unify that belt with the WBA and WBO titles at 135 pounds, or at least that was the original idea Bob Arum and Top Rank had for this date. But Commey injured his hand beating Isa Chaniev in February, so they went with Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KO), which takes care of a pesky mandatory.
Crolla will earn $300,000 for tonight’s fight.
The light heavyweight co-feature between Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Tommy Karpency will see those fighters pull in $250,000 and $100,000, respectively.
The two main bouts on the prelim portion of the card, which begins at 8 pm ET on ESPN+, have smaller purses, of course, but the fighters are notable. Junior welterweights Arnold Barboza Jr and Mike Alvarado will make $50,000 and $30,000, but a win may be leading to a shot at WBC titleholder Jose Ramirez. And welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin will make $25,000 for his fight with Alfredo Blanco ($10,000).