What Is Demetrius Andrade’s Plan When it Comes To Fighter Pay?
Over the past few months, the combat sports world has seen a significant decrease in funds due to COVID-19. The entire sports scene has had to let people go while some athletes are struggling to earn a paycheck. A current champion is looking to solve all of these issues within his sport with a simple solution.
Demetrius Andrade, the current WBO Middleweight Champion, spoke to Chris Mannix about pay in boxing and beyond. Comparisons have been increasing between a boxer just starting and an MMA fighter, which then adds up when one reaches superstar status. What about those who might need a boost in pay?
“Maybe stop paying Anthony Joshua all that money,” Andrade stated, via Boxing Scene. “Maybe stop paying Canelo [Alvarez] all that money. Maybe stop paying [Gennady] ’Triple G’ [Golovkin] all that money, and everyone else should be happy with what they’re getting.
“There’s a lot of money out there between the names that I mentioned. The people that are coming up gotta take a paycut? That’s crazy. [Make them take a paycut] and spread it. There’s enough there.”
Gennadiy Golovkin signed a six-fight deal with DAZN worth eight-figures per fight. Before that, Canelo Alvarez signed a ten-fight deal worth $350 million. Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion, would end up signing a three-year contract extension with Matchroom and DAZN. Andrade signed a four-year deal with Matchroom in January, although the numbers do not match up to the others.
Recently, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes became the highest-paid athlete in sports by signing a contract over $500 million. Athletes in sports are taking paycuts, but not to the extent of fighters like Andrade or others would.
“You take a pay cut off $503 million, you make $200 million or $100 million you still going to be happy,” Andrade ended up stating. “But if a fighter’s making $5 million a year and it turns into $2 million and then turns into $1 million…to get f***ing punched in the face, black eyes, concussions, all the training, like, nah, bro.”
Andrade made his professional debut in 2008. A silver medalist in the 2007 Pan American Games, Andrade won the WBO Light-Middleweight Title in 2013. He would win the vacant WBO Middleweight Title in 2018 against Walter Kautondokwa. Defending it three times, “Boo Boo” last fought in January, beating Luke Keeler via TKO.
While he has been looking to face the best out there in the division, Andrade is willing to wait. He believes those who make the most money should help those in need. This is especially true following DAZN and Matchroom’s recent cutting across the board. Top star and WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford is not interested in taking a pay cut if he has to work his way back up to compete. While he makes a hefty sum with Top Rank, it is not the same as the aforementioned names.
“I don’t blame Terence Crawford for saying that I want my money,” Andrade stated. “This is what I fight for. This is what I’ve been doing my whole life. I don’t know if it’s a dramatic cut or not, I don’t know [Crawford’s] business, but on my side, and what I know is, if you’re going to [give me] a pay cut, take away the ‘Triple G,’ money, the Canelo money, the Anthony Joshua money. Like those are the pays that need to be cut down.”
Andrade has a solution when it came to the salaries of those three: share the wealth by cutting them down. While he is hoping to compete again, he is waiting for a real problem within the sport to get resolved.