Michael Venom Page: It’s less financially lucrative to be a black fighter


I genuinely really feel if I used to be a white fighter with the identical abilities, I might have extra help and cash.

I’ve by no means come throughout open racism from a combat fan. I don’t assume I’ve ever heard a fan shout something racist at me. I feel you’d have to be courageous to do this at a London combat evening. But, I do assume black fighters are handled in a different way.

Do I feel any promoters I do know are racist? It’s not that. I feel it’s less financially lucrative to be a black fighter than a white All-American or Irish child.

Michael Venom Page Richard Kiely Bellator press conference (Picture: Bellator MMA)
MVP is ’s largest British star (Picture: )

As a promoter you perceive a black fighter is just not going to have the identical quantity of individuals keen to spend cash on seeing him combat. Unfortunately within the UK, the black group don’t make investments financially to help you, they are going to be 100 per cent behind you in each means, however wouldn’t purchase tickets.



I even really feel if I used to be from one other nation I might have extra help. The UK like to help you while you’ve fallen, the underdog is king right here. As an English fighter, it’s arduous for me to get any promotion. As a black English fighter it’s even tougher. Culture is a part of politics and politics is a part of sport.

Michael venom Page vs David Rickels (Picture: Bellator)
MVP gained ten world championships as a kickboxer (Picture: Bellator)

There’d be extra individuals and firms keen to put money into me if I wasn’t black. But once more, I don’t see that as racist. Money talks and backing the white guy is extra lucrative than the black fighter.

It’s troublesome, however I strive not to concentrate to that. I’ll preserve banging on the doorways. For me, having that mentality is healthier than complaining about it.

You solely want to hear to the likes of Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Romelu Lukaku speak and know soccer isn’t doing sufficient to deal with racism. I feel the one means to make any headway with racism in soccer stands is to have punishments that may have an effect on your group.

Raheem Sterling has suffered repeated racist abuse as a footballer
Sterling has suffered repeated racist abuse as a footballer (Picture: Getty)

Only then will it have an effect on the followers. There’s no straightforward repair, particularly with social media, however there’s far more that may be accomplished. It’s the identical points time and again. This has been occurring perpetually, nobody ought to be shocked, however individuals ought to be moved to act.



I don’t assume it’s all down to black gamers to converse up and attempt to encourage change, however I do assume they need to. It’s their selection to converse up and it does make a distinction. Colin Kaepernick has proven how the motion of 1 particular person can have an effect on the various.

It impacts you, as gamers, so 100 per cent they need to need to converse up. For the soccer federation and the FA, it doesn’t have an effect on them. None of them are black, they’ll simply anticipate it to blow over. It’s on the backside of the checklist. We have to make it essential for everyone, not simply these affected.

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