The highly anticipated four-belt heavyweight unification bout between British boxers Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury continues to attract the interest of the general public. A title fight, with the high stakes on offer, is always a commercial rollercoaster. Each of the two boxers is expected to pocket $75 million.
According to ESPN’s American journalist and TV commentator Mark Kriegel, speaking on the basis of his sources, World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) will receive $75 million for his fight. This is the same amount that International Boxing Federation (IBF) title holder Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) would also pocket.
In mid-March, journalists reported that Joshua and Fury had agreed a two-fight deal, although the final details of the venue and date were not resolved. It seems that some Saudi financiers are about to pay a historic sum to host the four-belt heavyweight unification fight. This makes a guaranteed offer of $150 million and a potential late summer date in Saudi Arabia.
The fight still has no set date, although July 24 has already been mentioned in updates from ‘Matchroom Boxing’ promoter Eddie Hearn, who is also the promoter of Anthony Joshua, the Nigerian-born British heartthrob. Hearn also mentioned the beginning of August as an alternative schedule based on agreements with backers.