Anthony Joshua will earn a FRACTION of what he made against Oleksandr Usyk when he takes on Jermaine Franklin this weekend, but it’s still 10 TIMES more than his opponent… so, how much will he actually make?
Anthony Joshua will enter the ring this weekend as a contender, rather than a champion, for the first time since 2016 – and with that, his fight purse has drastically decreased.
The 33-year-old is fighting to save his career following a pair of devastating defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, who now holds Joshua’s former WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts, as he takes on Jermaine Franklin.
Joshua is the overwhelming favourite to prevail against his American counterpart, with a potential match-up against WBC champion and long-term rival Tyson Fury to follow – though how many times have we said that.
Rermakably, for a fighter used to selling out Wembley and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, there are still tickets available for the O2 Arena clash just two days out from the April 1 event.
And, unsurpisingly, Joshua is set to earn significantly less than in his rematch against Usyk, where he walked away with £32.5million, even in falling to defeat. Joshua earned around £15m for their first encounter, while in his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 he pocketted a massive £66m.
Anthony Joshua (left) takes on Jermaine Franklin (right) at the O2 Arena on Saturday night
Joshua will earn significantly less than in his fights against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (right)
Against Franklin, though, Joshua will have to settle for around £10m, with no belts on the line and against a fighter involved in only one notable bout – a points defeat to Dillian Whyte in November last year.
The 6ft 6in heavyweight not only drawfs his opponent in stature, but also in his fight purse, however, with the American reportedly set to earn around £800,000. That could rise to over £1m should he claim an upset victory, however.
Should Joshua emerge victorious and manage to seal a long-awaited bout against Fury, that £66m earned against Ruiz Jr could soon be eclipsed, even with the three defeats now sitting on his record.
Of course, Joshua – who has over 25 million followers across Instragram, Facebook and Twitter – has other avenues of revenue, having earned millions through his commercial partnerships with the likes of Beats, Jaguar Land Rover, Under Armour and Hugo Boss.
The former champion also signed an exclusive deal with streaming platform DAZN last year, which will see him earn £100m over the course of five years with the company.
Joshua has expressed how much his income means to him throughout the build-up to the fight. Asked what is motivating him, he said: ‘Money, money, money. I like making money. Straight up. This is a prizefighting sport.
‘I’ve been broke. My family has been broke. I know what this s*** means and I do it because I’m good at it and I hustle hard.
‘When it’s all said and done no-one will care about me no more. So, I’ve got to make the most of it while I’m here.’
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Post source: Daily mail