The female boxer who won two light welterweight world titles had to fork out $5000 to get into the ring on Thursday night.
Australian Arlene Blencowe - fighting on Joseph Parker's undercard in Auckland - won a convincing 10-round points victory over Kiwi veteran "Diamond" Daniella Smith to secure the WIBA and WIBF titles.
Blencowe was called up six days before the bout and had to lose 6kg to make the required weight after compatriot Sarah Howett pulled out due to a wrist injury.
After Blencowe's emotional triumph, her trainer Jason Harris revealed to the Sunday Star-Times their camp had to pay for flights, accommodation and fight fee - costing them $5000.
On the same card, the two dwarfs each collected over $5000 and Smith is understood to have been paid at least $2000 from fight promoters Duco Events.
"We paid our own way over and we didn't get paid to fight," Harris said. "It's upsetting. I'm not sure of the exact details. In the end we didn't get paid to fight and we paid our own air fares.
Duco Events promoter David Higgins defended the decision not to pay Blencowe. Higgins said Duco had to pay sanctioning fees to boxing authorities and claimed Blencowe's camp offered to pay their own way to secure the chance to fight for the world titles.
Blencowe, who had a 27-fight amateur career and almost made the Olympic Games, felt the cost of gaining a rare shot at a world title was worth it.
"To have these two belts around me I'd pay lot more than that," she said.
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