Just a day after pulling out if his proposed fight against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, James Kirkland has now said he would still take the "Canelo" fight if he was paid a whopping $2.5 million according to The Ring Magazine.
First off, Kirkland re-injured his right shoulder during his first workout since coming off surgery on that shoulder and obviously isn't anywhere near fighting shape. Kirkland (30-1-1, 27 KOs) now has said he will be able to fight in October or November which means he would want the Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) bout to moved from its planned September 15 fight date as well, which we all know Golden Boy Promotions will not do.
It was six figures. And that was an insult, and I'm being honest, said Kirkland, who confirmed he requested at least $2.5 million. That was one thing that I said. But they could work it to $2 million.
With Kirkland claiming he was offered a six figure payday for the Alvarez fight initially, why in the world would "Canelo" and his camp agree to give Kirkland a bigger payday now, especially after saying he would be fighting at less than 100 percent.
Kirkland explained to The Ring Magazine:
If I'm going to take a fight like this, and I've got one arm, and it takes time to rehabilitate and to train, then pay me for that. I would do that, but pay me for it. If my career is over with after this fight, I want to make sure that I don't walk away with nothing.
So, basically, Kirkland wants a huge payday to be a sparring partner for Alvarez with one good arm, that really wouldn't be much of a fight, as "Canelo" would have no problem beating Kirkland with one good arm.
If Kirkland wants to make a seven-figure payday, then he should first get his shoulder healthy before trying to sign any fight. Then he must take on a top junior middleweight in the division to prove he is still the same fighter after the surgery.
Then, and only then, should Kirkland begin to negotiate a new fight with Alvarez and try to land the biggest payday of his career, not when he is half the fighter he can be, fresh off a major surgery.