Anthony Joshua To Earn Career-High Purse For His US Debut Against Andy Ruiz Jr
Anthony Joshua will earn a career-high purse for his American debut against Andy Ruiz Jr.
The unified heavyweight world champion is set to pocket a cool £18 million to take his earnings from his last five fights to a massive £70 million.
Joshua has been cashing in eight-figure cheques since his super-fight with Wladimir Klitschko back in 2017.
He's since fought and beaten Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin.
He received £12 million after defending his belts against Takam, and pocketed £14 million after unifying the division before earning £16 million for his seventh round stoppage of Povetkin.
Joshua's now aligned with broadcaster DAZN and his wage package has increased after striking a deal with the streaming service.
And Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn believes Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr is "breakout night in the US" for Joshua and his promotion.
"This is a major moment for Matchroom USA," he said.
"It's very, very important - selling out The Garden for the world heavyweight championship is why I've invested a lot of money in the card. This is ours, and Joshua's, breakout night in the US.
"We've done five or six shows now, which are going really well, but this is by far the biggest we've done over here and a chance for a wider audience to see what Matchroom do on fight night, and the atmosphere we can create, albeit with 8,000 (travelling) British fans as well.
"DAZN have two iconic fighters - multiple flagship fighters - but the two biggest fighters in the world are Canelo (Saul Alvarez) and Joshua. They're the reason we are here - DAZN. They're driving subscriptions. They're the ones who put the money up and said 'We want Joshua to make his US debut; it's important moving forward that he increases his profile in America'.
"They'll be the ones trying to make him fight here more often because the UK ones don't really do the same business in the US that the US-based fights do. This is the hub - once something mega goes on in New York it sends shockwaves around the country, so this is really important that they managed to bring him here.
"It's definitely not the last time he'll box in America; he misses the UK and there's nothing like it in terms of atmosphere, so he definitely wants to box back there, probably next, but America's going to be an important market to him."
This is, this is... :flag_us: pic.twitter.com/Xs6Ok0d0zE- Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) May 28, 2019
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