With great boxing comes great pay days.
So said Floyd Mayweather Jr’s uncle after the US-based boxer cashed in big time from his pay-per-view fights, which saw him earn a whopping £194 million in 2015 alone.
And promoter Eddie Hearn is now supposedly eyeing a similar sort of deal for current world heavyweight champion, 27-year-old Anthony Joshua, who amassed a sizzling £15 million after beating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, an amount that Hearn claims can be dwarfed by future earnings.
On Joshua’s assertion that he wants to become a billionaire, Hearn said: “Mayweather was a phenomenon in terms of the money he made. All this billionaire stuff, it’s a lot of money!
“But if he boxed on pay-per-view in America as well as here, then you can start talking about £30million, £40million, £50million a fight - and he could have 20 fights left.
“That’s a lot more than £10million or £15million. It’s hard to become a billionaire making £10million or £15million a fight.”
Showtime, Joshua’s US-based broadcasters, are eager to set a match up between AJ and undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder in what could be real blockbuster showdown.
Eddie Hearn wholeheartedly agrees, going on to add that New York’s Madison Square Garden would be the ideal venue and that Joshua needs to build momentum following his epic win at Wembley by going global.
It seems as though Hearn is shooting for the stars, with a possible Klitschko rematch on the cards in any country from China, Africa, the Middle East, and even the United States.
Also a possibility, is a bout with former champion Tyson Fury, who earlier indicated that he could beat Joshua with one hand, as well as a tete-a-tete with Kubrat Pulev at the Beijing Olympic’s Bird’s Nest Stadium.
“If you have to pick up a mandatory defence, like Pulev, which isn’t appealing to the UK, that’s the one you go and do in China, America or the Middle East,” he said.
“China is a real possibility, definitely. We’ve already had discussions. My dad’s just done a big snooker deal out there for 10 years. There’s definitely money out there.”
Wherever he decides to go, Anthony Joshua is certainly the people’s favourite in the United Kingdom, and it’s to infinity and beyond for the 27-year-old giant.
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