Ramirez vs Barthelemy Purse: A Million in the Bag?



Jose Ramirez returns home for his debut with Golden Boy Promotions and a massive fight against Rances Barthelemy. As former champions, the salaries of the two should be considerable, right? Here is everything we know about the Ramirez vs Barthelemy purse.

Boxing Fighter Pay: What Will Ramirez vs Barthelemy Be Paid in California?

The absence of a world title on the line shouldn't fool you, this is a fight of the highest level. Both fighters were once world champions in different weight classes and fighting for a chance to reach contention again.

Jose Ramirez is a former unified champion and held the WBO and WBC light welterweight belts until 2021. In fact, he fought against Josh Taylor in a unification bout with all four world titles on the line and lost.

To date, this is his only career defeat and he enters this contest with a record of 28-1. Since losing his belts, he fought Jose Pedraza and Richard Commey and won both fights.

Speaking about money, Jose Ramirez is finally earning fat checks and the new contract with Golden Boy guarantees that he will only accept big-money fights.

For example, he was paid exactly $1 million for his most recent fight against Richard Commey last year. And that was before he joined Golden Boy. There is no doubt that he should be making more now.

Moreover, his recent interviews confirm that prediction. Apparently, Ramirez was offered to fight Teofimo Lopez by Top Rank but he declined the offer. Allegedly, he was supposed to get $2 million as a guaranteed purse.

Well, Teofimo Lopez is a rather big name in the sport nowadays and we suspect that the Ramirez vs Barthelemy purse will be smaller. Our prediction is that his cut will be somewhere in between – around $1,500,000.

Speaking about Rances Barthelemy, he is unlikely to earn that much money. He is a former world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF junior lightweight and IBF lightweight titles in different periods.

Moreover, he fought for the WBA super lightweight and WBA & IBO lightweight titles later in his career, failing to win both fights.

Unfortunately, being a champion in the lighter classes rarely makes you rich. There is a good chance that this will be his best payday.

The light heavyweight division draws more attention and fighters typically get paid much better. Knowing that he earned about $250,000 from his title fight against Robert Easter Jr. in 2019, we can assume that he will get a solid sum from the Ramirez vs Barthelemy purse.

Jose Ramirez is undoubtedly going to get the better cut from this purse, potentially 65/35 in his favor or something of this essence. With this said, we predict that Berthelemy will earn about $750,000 if he is lucky. The chances are that we overdid it with a hundred thousand or so but we believe that this is a very attractive bout and the fighters deserve the money.

Vlad is a former amateur MMA fighter. After a series of injuries, he found a different way to connect with the sport and its fanbase - through writing. He's been covering everything-UFC for over 5 years on various platforms and has been part of the team at NYFights since early 2022.