The Daily Mirror reported at the weekend that IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is the first British boxer worth over £100 million ($140 million), surpassing the £90 million earned by former champ Lennox Lewis, who retired in 2003.
According to the newspaper, Joshua’s recently filed accounts show the Londoner has over £100 million, most of which was earned in his two fights with Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019-2020, which saw the 31-year-old Joshua lose and then regain the four titles.
Joshua is now poised to double his bank balance in 2021 as he’s in negotiations to fight fellow Briton and WBC world champion Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 21 KOs) in a mega unification bout, possibly in the Middle East or Macao.
Reports suggest the fighters could earn $100 million each.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who co-promotes Fury, told IFL TV at the weekend there are no further issues with respect to finalising what could end up being the richest fight in history.
The two sides have been in heavy talks to finalise a date in June, with July being the backup.
There will be two fights as part of the agreement.
The second bout will take place regardless of who wins the first.
Arum said: “As far as I’m concerned, all the points have been agreed to.
“That’s what each side has said.
“Now we’re just scrambling around to get things signed.
“I can say clearly, based on my view of everything, there are no more issues.”
Last week, Joshua revealed his clash with Fury was likely going to land in June.
He said: “June should be the date.
“For the fans, for the people that have been calling it on for many, many months.
“Shout out to Fury and his team as well.
“Hungry go-getters, that’s what we are.”