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Glax0r's Photo Glax0r 24 Sep 2014

James Kirkland declined bout because of dispute with 50 Cent over his purse

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By Kevin Iole  
Michael Miller has worked for nine years as super welterweight James Kirkland's attorney, adviser, friend and manager, and he's come to expect the unexpected from Kirkland.

Kirkland declined a lucrative bout with Gabe Rosado on Nov. 8 on HBO, Miller said, because he was unhappy with how much of his purse was going to go to his promoter, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Miler said he was not at liberty to disclose the figures, but said that Jackson was above board with Kirkland and the amount that was going to go to Jackson was what all sides had previously discussed and agreed upon.

But in a telephone conversation between Jackson and Kirkland, it fell apart, Miller said. HBO offered an amount of money to Jackson to get him to provide Kirkland's services for the bout. Kirkland wanted the fight and it seemed the fight was a go.  After talking on the phone with Jackson, Kirkland changed his mind, believing that Jackson was switching the deal.

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gogetter's Photo gogetter 24 Sep 2014

Not defending what 50 Cent may have done here but Kirkland was still likely going to make career high money to fight a very beatable opponent. Seems like the better move here would have been to take the fight and win it impressively which would have set Kirkland up for even bigger money down the road. Of course we are not privy to the ins and outs of these deals so there may be more to this than meets the eye.