LAS VEGAS -- It looks strange but, officially at least, mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder will earn more money than heavyweight titlist Bermane Stiverne when they meet Saturday night (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Wilder is not a much more well-known name or bigger attraction than Stiverne. They are about the same, since neither is that well-known. Still, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Wilder’s purse is $1 million while Stiverne's is $910,000.
Obviously, there is some fancy paperwork going on because if the fight had been forced to a purse bid -- which was delayed time and again before being canceled -- Stiverne would have been entitled to 70 percent of a winning bid. Anyway, according to Stiverne’s manager, Camille Estephan, Stiverne will earn a lot more than $910,000, although Estephan did not say how much more or why there is a discrepancy.
Junior featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz is once again being vastly overpaid for a perceived mismatch in the co-feature as he will make $750,000 while obscure challenger Jesus Ruiz’ makes $50,000.
Junior welterweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. will make $50,000 and Amir Imam $45,000 in their opening Showtime bout.