Would David Benavidez Take A Pay Cut In Order To Fight?
Recently, fighter pay has become a huge topic of conversation within the boxing world. With COVID-19 costing promotions months of revenue, and with no crowds allowed in arenas, fighters are being asked to take a pay cut. Several fighters believe it is not fair or are unwilling to fight if it were to happen to them.
For David Benavidez, he is ready to live out his dream, no matter what.
“It’s understandable to think that taking a pay cut isn’t fair,” Benavidez stated during a media conference call, via Boxing Scene. “My contract states that my deal stays the same for this fight and the next fight.
“If I have to take a pay cut, I will take a pay cut. That’s up to my promoter and my manager, you know—we can definitely come to an agreement.
Benavidez (22-0) will be putting his WBC Super-Middleweight Title on the line against Roamer Alexis Angulo on August 15. The fight will air on Showtime. The two were supposed to fight in April until the coronavirus postponed all major boxing events. Benavidez last fought in September, beating Anthony Dirrell via knockout. If he were to win, a clash against Caleb Plant may be in his future.
At a young age, Benavidez is ready for whatever is put in front of him. As mentioned above, fighters like Terence Crawford and Demetrius Andrade have been very vocal about the salary of a fighter. Crawford would not fight if a cut were to happen to him, while Andrade recommends not breaking the bank for fighters like Canelo Alvarez. DAZN has been looking to book Canelo for a fight and requested him to take a pay cut, which has resulted in a few problems.
Benavidez will deal with the issue if it needs to be addressed. For now, however, he is ready to go out towards the ring and fight, with or without fans.
“As for my fights, I give the best fights that I can possibly can give and deserve the pay that I get,” Benavidez went on to say. “But if we have to come to an agreement, we can come to an agreement.”