Anthony Joshua Could Earn A Ridiculous Amount From His Rematch With Andy Ruiz Jr
Anthony Joshua could secure an astonishing £100m from his blockbuster rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, according to stunning reports.
The 30-year-old Brit superstar put on a superb boxing performance as he outclassed the Mexican-American star on route to securing a unanimous decision victory.
According to talkSPORT, 'AJ' is expected to take home an incredible pay package from his rematch in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The report claims that Joshua will walk away with at least £40m to £60m, but he could take home even more with the money from pay-per-view sales.
The two-time unified heavyweight champion's hefty pay packet is the most lucrative for a heavyweight.
One of the highest purses for a heavyweight was the £25m that Evander Holyfield took home in his rematch with Mike Tyson in 1997.
But the Brit still falls well short of Floyd Mayweather, who took home a reported £250m from his blockbuster crossover fight with Conor McGregor in 2017.
Ruiz, despite being champion for the fight, took home a substantially smaller payday than his opponent after securing a set fee of around £7.7m ($10m).
TalkSPORT reports that Ruiz's pay package was much smaller due to the pre-match agreement that was made ahead of their initial bout six months ago.
And the ex-unified heavyweight champ's camp managed to increase his pay after the decision to host the rematch in Saudi Arabia.
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Speaking ahead of the rematch, Joshua defended the money he was receiving from the clash and argued that other factors needed to be taken into consideration.
"When you look at it, out of every hundred quid, a lot goes to the taxman and a lot to the trainers and the team," he said.
"Before you know it, what you're left with in reality is about 30 to 40 per cent.
"Honestly, one of my main objectives in this sport was not to be owned.
"Not to be taken advantage of. It's not easy in this sport. You put so much into it but before you know it your career is over."
The WBO has ordered Joshua to defend his titles against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.
And 'AJ,' who has welcomed the idea of a third fight with Ruiz, has since responded to the WBO's calls for him to face the 32-year-old ex-undisputed cruiserweight champ.
Joshua's performance, which was heavily criticised by boxing fans, has also come under a scathing attack from Deontay Wilder.
The 34-year-old WBC champ slammed him for being overly defensive and not going for the "finish after he landed the right hand."
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