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Barry Hearn reveals what Anthony Joshua must do to become the first billionaire boxer

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Anthony Joshua is on top of the boxing world right now.

He's stayed in the spotlight since his victory against Carlos Takam on October 28, when he stopped his opponent after 10 rounds. 

Although many believed the stoppage to be premature, the British fighter was clearly ahead on the judges' scorecards and likely heading towards victory anyway. 

The win took his record to 20-0 in the heavyweight division and ever since challengers have been queuing up to face Joshua, who currently holds the IBF, WBO (Super) and IBO championships.

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker have all showed interest in fighting the 28-year-old and it's expected that Wilder will be next in line to take him on. 

The American himself has an even more impressive record than his potential opponent as he's currently undefeated with 39 wins.

Should the match be made, it will be one of the biggest in the division's history, especially as it will be the first time Joshua will be in action after beating Takam in front of 80,000 people in Cardiff.

But the scope of the fight is unlikely to distract the Brit, who's made it clear that he wants to achieve big things both in and out of the ring. 

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

Joshua has recently revealed his dream to become the first ever billionaire boxer by 2025.

That may sound like a huge challenge as no one else has ever come close, but promoter Barry Hearn believes he can do it. However, there's something he needs to do to ensure it happens. 

"Anthony is well on the way to achieving his target but he'll have to stay undefeated for 10 years to do it," Hearn told the Sun, per the Daily Mail.

Boxing at Wembley Stadium

"Joshua's aim - which some people thought was a bit tongue-in-cheek when he said it - is definitely doable as long as he gets the right kind of financial planning."

The 2012 Olympic gold medal winner has reportedly made over £50 million in his career so far, meaning he's got plenty of distance to go before reaching a billion. 

To do so would be a huge achievement, especially considering Floyd Mayweather, who's currently the wealthiest boxer alive, has made just over £500 million himself.   

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

Matching Mayweather's record of 50-0 alone would be impressive, but you've got to respect the drive Joshua has to overtake the best of his sport. 

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Floyd Mayweather
Anthony Joshua
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