The monstrous purses Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou will receive for their Saudi Arabia fight
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Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou are reportedly set to earn monstrous purses for their Saudi Arabia showdown.
The blockbuster heavyweight fight between Joshua and Ngannou is set for March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
He dropped the WBC world heavyweight champion before losing a controversial decision on the judges' scorecard.
'The Predator' made over $10 million (£8 million) against Fury, with a report from the Sports Business Journal claiming he is expected to earn around the $20 million (£16 million) mark this time around.
As for Joshua, he's expected to make 'double that figure' meaning he could bank around $40 million (£31 million).
Saudi adviser Turki Alalshikh worked with promoter Eddie Hearn to make Joshua vs. Ngannou as he believes his man will win by knockout.
"Obviously delighted, just a great fight," Hearn told Ariel Helwani.
"I feel like he’s earned that shot - or certainly to continue at that level. And I fancy the fight.
"You’ve heard me say before, I really believe AJ knocks him out. But he’s a dangerous fight. I know that this guy’s a big, big lump that can really punch, and I think he has no fear, which makes him dangerous.
"But I just feel like AJ’s in a great place, and I expect him to pick him apart and knock him out."
Joshua enjoyed a stellar 2023 as he registered three consecutive wins over Jermaine Franklin, Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin following back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk.
Ngannou, meanwhile, will have his second foray in the world of boxing, having made his debut against Fury after walking away from the UFC.