Khan to make $1 million, Judah $500,000 for Saturday’s fight
By Dan Ambrose: Photo Credit Joe Comporeale – WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) will be making decent money on Saturday night against IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) with a payday of $1,072,500, according to boxing news from Dan Rafael.
This, of course, doesn’t even count the UK money that Khan will be receiving for the bout. It will be shown on Primetime Pay-Per-View in the UK, and Khan could make a lot more than that if his numbers for his fight against the less than popular Paul McCloskey are any indication.
Judah, 33, will be making $500,000, which is good money for him given that he hasn’t really done much in terms of big fights since his bout with Miguel Cotto four years ago in 2007. Judah, a one time big star of the sport, fell off after that fight and hasn’t had any big time bouts until now. Judah won’t be sharing in any of Khan’s UK money, and that’s something he’s obviously not pleased about.
However, if he beats Khan on Saturday night, the chances are high that Judah will get a fight in 2012 against either Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao. All Judah would have to do is make sure he wins one more fight in 2011 against a likely soft opponent and Judah would be in a good position to get a big money bout against Pacquiao or Mayweather.
Khan wants the Mayweather fight himself and he’d be fit to be tied if Judah wins, but Khan is young enough to rebuild and still get big fights in the future. He may or may not still get a Mayweather bout if he loses to Judah, but Khan is young enough to where he can get fights against other stars and future stars later on down the road.
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