London, May 18 (ANI): WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has asked opponents to stop trying to gain monetary advantage from him by demanding inflated purses to get into the ring with him and then blaming him when the fights fall through.
Khan said Paulie Malignaggi threatened to pull out of Saturday’s clash in New York unless he got more cash.
He got 430,000 pounds from the US TV rights compared to Khan’s 650,000 pounds, The Mirror reports.
Khan’s dad Shah claims the British boxer feels his opponents should be more realistic in their negotiations: “Maybe some people see Amir as a bit of a cash cow because they all seem to want more when it comes to negotiating fees for a fight.”
“They know he is big box office and they want to cash in on him. As soon as his name is mentioned, they demand extra. John Murray twice talked himself out of a fight with Amir because of the demands he made.
“Jon Thaxton was the same and you have to look at where he is now. He could have retired a little bit richer than he did. Boxers should want to fight Amir regardless of all that. I’m not saying fight for nothing, but you have to be realistic,” Shah said.
“If you get tough and refuse to meet their demands, you see stories that Amir did not want the fight when nothing could be further from the truth,” he added. (ANI)