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Two-time heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua will make £100 million from the rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, a sum comparable to that of his multi-million dollar DAZN contract Africa Daily News, New York has learnt.
Joshua, 32, has already signed a mouthwatering £100 million agreement with DAZN to stream his highly awaited rematch bout in Jeddah. In September of last year, Usyk battered Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and won a unanimous decision to deprive him of his WBC, WBO, WBF, and IBO championships.
Joshua quickly applied his rematch clause but Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine cast doubt on when The Cat would next return to the ring. Recently, the duo agreed a showdown date of August 20 – where both fighters are expected to receive a mega-money payday.
According to the Daily Mail, the site fee alone is understood to be around the £92m mark – almost double the figure the Sheiks forked out to hold the inaugural Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that Joshua had pocketed the bulk of the Sheiks’ mind-boggling £66m site fee to fight Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 but Usyk will command 50 per cent of the figure this time around.
Despite fan outrage at the £24.95 cost to stream the September bout, around 1.2million fans still went ahead and purchased the fight. A repeat would add another £30m to the prize money pot, totalling somewhere in the region of £130m.
Due to a 50/50 split, the Brit will cash in on a minimum £65m payday. Yet this amount does not include ticket sales and sponsorship deals which, according to The Sun, could take the figure towards the £100m mark.