WBA Super World junior middleweight champion Erislandy ‘The American Dream’ Lara will be picking up a cool $1 million for tonight’s big fight with IBF 154lb champion Jarrett Hurd at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) will get a bit less than Lara for his purse at $500,000, but it’s still good green for a fighter without a huge fan base. For that matter, Lara doesn’t have a fan base either, but he’s well-connected with his management.
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Hurd could see his paydays increasing if he takes care of Lara in style the way he’s done recently in knocking out Tony Harrison and Austin Trout. The 34-year-old Lara might take a pay cut if he gets knocked out unless his management wants to keep giving him top dollar to fight on Premier Boxing Champions cards on Showtime.
Hurd, 27, has stopped his last seven opponents and looked very good with wins over Austin Trout, Tony Harrison, Ionut Dan Ion, Oscar Molina, Frank Galarza, Jeff Lentz and Eric Mitchell. Hurd is becoming the new Gennady Golovkin of the 154 lb. weight class. If he can beat Lara and then WBC junior middleweight Jermell Charlo, then he’s going to win over a lot of new boxing fans.
“He’s not in the top 10 fighters I’ve fought. I fight for my family and for my kids. And that belt is coming home with my kids,” Lara said.
Hurd has the power, size and the youth to get the ‘W’ in this fight, but he’ll need to be relentless for him to get the victory. Lara is a crafty fighter, who will be making it difficult for Hurd to land his power shots. Lara does well against fighters that don’t throw a lot of shots, and who doesn’t throw to the body. Hurd is the opposite of the guys that Lara has been fighting in the last four years since his loss to Saul Canelo Alvarez.
IBF 168 lb. champion Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) won’t be bringing in the big bread tonight with his purse only $300,000 smackers for his title defense against James ‘Chunky’ DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KOs) in their scheduled 12 round fight. DeGale’s purse is also $300,000. It’s kind of bizarre that the challenger DeGale is making as much as the champion Truax. It shows you have boxing is more about show business than it is about being a true sport. In theory, the champion should be the guy that makes more than the challenger, but in this situation, DeGale is getting even money.
Junior middleweight contender Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs) and Nathaniel Gallimore (20-1-1, 17 KOs) are both getting $40,000 to their 12 round IBF 154 lb. title eliminator match.