Devin Haney To Earn Most Money From The KSI Vs Logan Paul Card
WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney is set to pocket $1 million from fighting on the KSI vs Logan Paul II undercard, with the two YouTubers earning less than the 20-year-old.
YouTube stars KSI and Paul have turned professional for their second fight as promoter Eddie Hearn wouldn't come on board without the pair ditching the heavy gloves and head guards.
That has opened up the chance for professional boxers to appear on the undercard with Haney joined by another world champion, Billy Joe Saunders, in defending their titles.
The California State Athletic Commission have confirmed the purses for Saturday night with Haney earning $1 million and the two main eventers banking $900k each.
Per the California State Athletic Commission, official purses for Saturday night's Matchroom Boxing/DAZN card in Los Angeles: KSI $900k, Logan Paul $900k; Devin Haney $1M, Alfredo Santiago $90k; Billy Joe Saunders $750k, Marcelo Coceres $80k; Joshua... https://t.co/AIPAOY8Wlg- Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) November 9, 2019
The internet sensations first fought in Manchester, England, in August 2018 in a six round fight. The fight was the biggest 'white collar' event in the history of the sport and drew 1.6 million viewers live.
They fought out a majority draw with KSI taking a 58-57 win on one judges scorecard and the other two judges scoring it 57-57.
On the undercard KSI's brother Deji Olatunji lost to Paul's brother Jake by TKO but the change to a professional fight for the rematch in Staples Centre this weekend means there is no rematch for the siblings.
Instead Haney, who won the WBC interim lightweight title in September before it was upgraded to the full title, will make his first title defence on the undercard.
The American faces Alfredo Santiago Alvarez and 'the Dream' is expected to deal easily with the man from the Dominican Republic, and is the 1/100 favourite with most bookies.
British boxer Billy Joe Saunders is a similarly big price favourite in his title defence against Argentina's Marcelo Esteban Coceres.
Saunders had to vacate the WBO middleweight title in October 2018 after failing a drugs test but returned a few months later and soon moved up to super middleweight.
He won the WBO title in May and this is his first defence of the title. Both BJS and Haney will be hoping to put on a good showing for the new supporters of the sport and gain new followers.
Will KSI vs Paul II live up to the hype?