Unless you’re signed to a promotional agreement with a promoter, you are on the outside looking in. That’s a Fact… Jack. We at Aurelio, Inc. compare Promoters to Insurance companies, willing to take your money (services in an athletes case) but reluctant to make a fair payout.
When the call comes in, offering you a fight from a promoter or matchmaker, (beware of bookmakers) you can bet it’s not to win. Most likely you are being picked as the opponent to their signed boxer so they can beef up their records. Therefore:
IF YOU ARE THE “B” SIDE GET PAID!
Demand a higher purse over the fair market rate. How much more you ask for will depend on the quality of the boxer they plan to match you against. If the Promoter or matchmaker refuse and start with excuses, hard luck stories or tell you how their guy isn’t all that, then thank them and walk away.
IF YOU ARE OFFERED A MATCH WITH AN EQUAL OPPONENT
All standards apply in this case, accept a standard purse, travel, room and board. Be sure it’s in the contract that the promoter will cover all expenses related to the bout, Medical, Transportation to and from the airport, hotel and all functions related to the contest.
IF YOU ARE OFFERED A MATCH AGAINST A SUB-PAR OPPONENT
In this case, you want the match and can make exceptions to the rule. Take a lower cash purse amount or a higher purse amount paid in tickets (if a local fight where you have a means to sell).
Remember, a trainer is qualified to prepare you for a fight, teach you the art of boxing but seldom is a trainer qualified to advance your career.