Both Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz are getting more money for their rematch than they did in their first bout last year. But not by much.
According to the Nevada State Commission, via Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, Wilder’s purse for Saturday night’s fight is $3 million while Ortiz will earn a $1.5 million payday for his upcoming work in the Fox PPV main event. In their first meeting, Wilder officially earned $2.1 million with Ortiz bringing in reported earnings of $500,000.
If you’re wondering why those purses seem so low for bonafide heavyweight stars, don’t fear. Both men likely will make much more money when the PPV receipts are tallied, and it’s certainly possible Wilder—who is a -600 betting favorite while Ortiz is a +450 underdog—has a large guarantee for additional millions (if not tens of millions) from Premier Boxing Champions.
Especially considering Wilder turned down a four-fight, $120 million deal with DAZN that would have seen him face Anthony Joshua (this was before Joshua lost his belts to Andy Ruiz), it’s clear that PBC would have had to promise him big-time money to convince him to not accept DAZN’s terms.
As Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions said recently, via Boxing Scene, “I congratulated him and applauded him for not taking the DAZN deal. That was the smartest move he has made in his entire career. He would have had a ceiling on the success that he could have on his events. There would have been a ceiling there on what he could make.”
To give you an idea of what kind of money Wilder will really make on Saturday, he had a $4 million guarantee to fight Tyson Fury last year but was estimated to actually earn about $14 million overall. In his first-round knockout win vs. Dominic Breazeale earlier this year, Wilder reportedly made about $20 million.
“He is in the driver’s seat,” Ellerbe said. “He put the onus on himself and he is betting on himself. You can never go wrong with that because you put it in your hands and in your control.”
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