Joshua has earned just £ 15,000 for his professional debut against Emanuele Leo at Wembley Stadium, but is expected to earn more than 6,600 times more for his expected £ 100 million payday when he retakes Usyk this summer.
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Anthony Joshua won just £ 15,000 for his debut against Emanuele Leo but has now been able to win £ 100 million for his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
The British star ruled twice as a heavyweight champion during his career, where he fought against some of the division’s main fighters including Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte. After winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics, Joshua signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing to make his first outing in professional ranks.
Joshua has scored about 6,000 times less for his debut victory over Emnauele Leo than he will win for his next sequel with Usyk this summer. “AJ” recorded a trademark Thunder KO to begin his flowery career on the sub-card of Lee Selby’s meeting with Ryan Walsh.
However, there were many more lucrative nights to come for Joshua, who had just taken his first steps to conquer the division and become one of the sport’s biggest stars. Joshua’s first big chance came against domestic rival Whyte when he won the British and Commonwealth titles by winning £ 3m.
Shortly afterwards Joshua won £ 5 million for his opening night of world glory where he was first crowned champion with a victory over Charles Martin. He later earned a combined £ 15 million for title defenses against Eric Molina and Dominic Brezeale before facing Wladmir Klitschko on the biggest night of his career.
The pair ran out of Wembley Stadium as they won an expected £ 15 million due to uniting the blue ribbon division in an epic victory. Joshua then won £ 50 million from three fights against Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and Carlos Takam before his most lucrative pay days came.
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Despite losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. in his American debut, Joshua earned a career-high £ 25 million due to his New York City upset. He later surpassed his record purse by earning an incredible £ 65m for avenging his defeat to Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia.
Although earning £ 15 million for his failed title defense against Usyk, Joshua can calculate himself with difficulty by missing a guaranteed £ 100 million payday against a British rival. Tyson Fury for the undisputed titles. However, Joshua could now regain his mega-currency battle but with a new opponent as he seeks revenge against the fragile Ukrainian this summer.
Joshua will travel to the Middle East in search of a ransom for the second time in his career in combat, which he expects to pocket a mega £ 100m even without the belts in his corner. If he is to win and restore his unified champion status, Joshua could face the possibility of saving his buffer conflict against Fury later in the year.
The 32-year-old has admitted that the financial rewards available from boxing are one of his key motivators as he approaches the prime years of his career. “It’s changeable but if I’m honest now it’s about the money,” Joshua said during a Questions and answers with the Oxford Union. “There’s more passion in sports because I’ve been doing it for a long time for free and I’m still training for months and months for free.
“At the end of it all is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but outside of boxing I want to be financially stable. Our generation is starting to set up a lot of businesses but once I get that, we can give back. To communities too. That’s where I get the urge to generate income. “