Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II fight purses: 'Krusher' to receive no show money

Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward will be fighting Saturday, June 17 for the second time in eight months. Although it hasn't had the fanfare of their first fight last November (thanks in no small part to the Mayweather-McGregor fight being booked this week), it promises to be an exciting match. Ward and Kovalev's first bout left a bad taste in Kovalev's mouth, and he views this fight as 'prove-it' fight. At least on the surface, it certainly isn't about the money. Kovalev's payment for the fight is purely commission based, with Kovalev netting a percentage of the PPV and tickets sold.

Ward, on the other hand, is getting a hefty base sum of $6.5 million, the most for one fight in his career. This number could increase from sponsorships and bonuses. Kovalev can also make more than his commission sum with sponsorships.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Mayweather-McGregor fight will cut into Kovalev's earnings. With what Ward and Kovalev's camps have called a 'circus fight,' looming over the boxing world, it's possible that Ward and Kovalev will not get the attention it deserves. However, just last November, these two were the blockbuster fight of the fall. Despite the other headlines coming out this week, both fully expect to get their due. And Ward and Kovalev certainly aren't exactly bonding over the spotlight being stolen from them.

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