The 10 richest boxers in the world include a name no one expected

In January we saw a record £ 31 million purse from Queensbury Promotions by Frank Warren to stage Tyson Fury against Dillian Whyte.

Anger secured himself 80% of the purse along with an additional £ 3.1million for beating Whyte.

With elite boxers earning more money than ever before, Planet Sport is looking at the 10 richest people in boxing.

10) Wladimir Klitschko

Net worth: £ 58 million

Domination of the heavyweight division for 15 years led Klitschko to make the top ten.

After the loss of the Ukrainian to Lamon Brewster in 2004, Klitschko remained undefeated for 11 years until his loss to Tyson Fury.

It was the fight against Fury as well as his final career bout against Anthony Joshua that saw the former WBA, IBF and WBO champion win career high pay days.

Since resigning, Klitschko along with his brother, Vitali, have fought valiantly in the War for Ukraine.

9) Antonio Joshua

Net worth: £ 60 million

After a blast on the stage winning gold at the London Olympics, Antonio Joshua became Britain’s biggest pay-per-view star.

The highest salary day of ‘AJ’s career came in 2019 during his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr., where the Briton reportedly pocketed £ 66 million.

With major battles still to be fought in the heavyweight division such as the planned rematch with Usyk as well as possible future battles against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, we could see Joshua soon get closer to the top of the list.

8) Sugar Ray Leonard

Net worth: £ 88 million

Known as one of the Four Kings, Leonard won world championship titles in five sections from welterweight to super middleweight, along with a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics to add to his achievements.

The American earned many high salaries from Marvin Hagler, Donny Lalonde and Thomas Hearns.

But the biggest purse of Leonard’s career came in his trilogy battle with Robert Duran in which he earned $ 15 million.

7) Tyson Fury

Net worth: £ 100 million

Tyson Fury after beating Dillian Whyte

“The Gypsy King” won a career-high salary against Dillian Whyte this April, which saw him bring home a £ 29.5 million purse.

Other great purses came from battles against Wladimir Klitschko along with his trilogy series with Deontay Wilder.

Despite Fury’s retirement claims, a return to the ring to fight for the undisputed heavyweight titles or a crossover against Francis Ngannou could help bolster that net worth even further.

6) Lennox Lewis

Net worth: £ 103 million

Lewis sits as the highest Briton on the list, with the help of his big money fights against Evander Holyfield, Shannon Briggs and Frank Bruno.

It’s the Mike Tyson fight that earned him the most money with an estimated $ 112 million being awarded to Lewis after the pay-per-view was bought nearly two million times – becoming the fifth most purchased of all time.

Unlike many other heavyweights of that era, the last undisputed heavyweight champion was not forced to make a return to the ring.

5) Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Net worth: £ 105 million

The last boxer on the list who is still active within the professional code. Canelo became the best-selling boxer on the planet.

With his fight against Floyd Mayweather being the most lucrative at 2.2 million PPV purchases, attacks on Chavez and Golovkin have also propelled the net worth of the Mexican pound for a pound star.

Since his loss to Dmitry Bivol, the possible rematch has become one of the most anticipated fights in boxing, and could become one of his highest-income fights since the Mayweather attack in 2013.

4) Oscar De La Hoya

Net worth: £ 148 million

Despite fighting in some of the biggest fights during his career such as Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins, it was one of his last fights against Mayweather that saw “The Golden Boy” earn his biggest payday of $ 52 million.

De La Hoya – a former six-division world champion – continued to earn his fortune in boxing by setting up his promotional company Golden Boy Promotions.

He previously promoted Canelo Alvarez and now works with Virgil Ortiz Jr., Jaime Munguia, Gilberto Ramirez and Ryan Garcia.

3) Manny Pacquiao

Net Asset Value: $ 163 million

Manny Pacquiao is the only eight-division world boxing champion

Like a few stars on this list, Pacquiao made his biggest salary fighting Mayweather while the fight generated a staggering $ 600 million, and also became the highest-grossing PPV of all time.

The Filipino became the only man to become an eight-weight world champion, winning titles from flyweight all the way to light middleweight.

Pacquiao later used his millions to pursue a career in politics in his homeland of the Philippines.

2) George Foreman

Net worth: £ 222 million

The 81-fight veteran finds himself the runner-up on the roster – he has earned $ 200 million from his George Foreman grid alone.

Away from culinary things, Foreman cemented himself as one of the greatest heavyweights to grace the ring, fighting the likes of Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield, and Muhammad Ali.

Sitting as the richest heavyweight on the list, Foreman can continue to roast his steaks with a smile on his face.

1) Floyd Mayweather

Net worth: £ 400 million

Who else would it be?

With the nickname “Money” for some reason, Mayweather gave many of his opponents their biggest paychecks as well as being involved in the top four most purchased pay-per-view payments of all time.

It was Pacquaio who gave Floyd his highest salary however when he earned $ 250 million to fight the Filipino in 2015.

Since retirement, Mayweather has continued to earn his money through exhibition attacks, most recently fighting Youtuber Logan Paul.

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