The boxing world is still recovering after a legendary clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles last Saturday.
The Gypsy King was aiming to end his American counterpart's 40-match unbeaten record, in a meeting widely seen as his undisputed return to the ring, after token victories against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta.
Fury survived a ninth-round knockdown to hold off Wilder for the first 11 rounds, but a knockdown in the final championship round looked almost certain to signal the first loss of his career.
Wilder was already celebrating in his corner when the Mancunian pulled himself up on the count of nine, as referee Jack Reiss allowed the bout to continue.
The 30-year old made it to the final bell, and although he could not wrestle back his heavyweight champion status, Fury avoided defeat as the contest was called as a split draw.
The fight was a classic between two of the sport's greatest heavyweights, and Floyd Mayweather, who was ringside, agreed.
"“The guys the other night fought a hell of a fight," the former unified welterweight champion said, per talkSPORT.
Despite praising Wilder and Fury, Mayweather was quick to point out that he will earn more for an upcoming exhibition match against Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
The pair will meet on New Year's Eve in Tokyo, and although Mayweather refused to reveal his exact paycheck, he confirmed it would be in the range of seven figures.
When speaking about Fury and Wilder's earnings, the 41-year old said: "I think they said one guy made $4 million, one guy made $3 million, I’m making more than that.
"I’m making more than [Wilder and Fury] and I’m retired so it’s obvious I’m doing something right."
“But I don’t knock those guys, they put on a hell of a show the other night and I’m proud of both participants, they did a great job.”
The estimates of $3 million and $4 million refer to the commission fees that both fighters recieved for the event.
Those figures may just be the tip of the iceberg however, with pay-per-view earnings likely to massively increase the revenue that both men pocket.
Fury is already pushing for a rematch, which was officially ordered by the WBC on Friday night, and could be held at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground in 2019.News Now - Sport News