Anthony Joshua looks set to tie up a deal to fight Jarrell Miller in the summer and the British heavyweight champion is set to rake in a staggering £25 million from the fight.
The unbeaten WBO, IBF and WBO champion failed in his bid to fight any of Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte in April at Wembley Stadium, largely because of parties not agreeing to terms.
The majority of British boxing fans will be devastated to know that AJ’s next fight will be in the ring in the US, but Joshua himself sees the positives and has reason to be happy.
In his last eight fights, the undefeated champion has seen his reputation rise phenomenally and seen his pay days drastically increase as well.
Since December 2015, when AJ fought Dillian Whyte, he raked in a little £3 million from the fight.
Both fighters took part in what would be one of the Watford star’s biggest pay days.
However, the spectacle between the two came to a close when Joshua eventually won with a jaw-dropping uppercut in the seventh round – to win the vacant British heavyweight title.
Joshua’s stock rose the following year as he agreed to fight IBF champion Charles Martin for a pay rising to £8 million.
Compared to the grudge match from his previous pay day against Whyte, this April showing proved AJ had a long career at the very top after keeping the southpaw at bay throughout the fight.
Martin was knocked down to the canvas twice in the second round and was unable to beat the referee’s count, declaring the IBF title moving to the UK and quickly in the clutches of Joshua.
The British heavyweight continued raking in the funds at the millions with comfortably victories against Dominic Breazeale in June 2016, making £1.5 million. Also fighting Eric Molina, raking in £2 million at the end of the calendar year with AJ completely dismantling his opponent in the third round.
Wembley, April 2017 and Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans. One of the biggest fights of the decade and at the time, the biggest fight in Joshua’s career.
The pay reflected the magnitude of the fight - AJ earning nearly earning twice his Martin earnings.
Fans witnessed one of the most memorable fights and punches in recent history when the British heavyweight floored the Ukrainian twice in the 11th round with a heavy uppercut to continue his unbeaten journey.
He also fought Carlos Takam to conclude his memorable year, earning £10 million from the fight. Takam stepped in on 12 days’ notice after previous opponent Kubrat Pulev was forced to withdraw due to injury.
AJ stopped Takam in the 10th round after the referee stepped in to stop the fight after Joshua began to devour his opponent at the later stages of the fight.
AJ continued his dominance and increasing his pay days by fighting Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin in 2018. Both fights saw AJ defend his belts and rake in £38 million combined from the two.
His last fight against Povetkin, earning £20 million from it - again his largest pay check to date - means that the British heavyweight champion has raked in over £70 million since he fought at the start of 2015.
A life of a boxer isn’t about earning the biggest pay check, however, it is about performing at your maximum where if the boxer prevails, the rewards in years to come is why the likes of AJ continue to agree staggering pays from big boxing fights.
For Joshua, 2019 is set to be the year he takes his income from fights to a whole new level.
The unbeaten champ looks set to take on Miller in June at the prestigious Madison Square Garden and is expected to earn an extra £5 million to what he earned in his last fight in September.
Looking forward and by the end of 2019, at this rate AJ looks set to rake more than £30 million. Far more substantial than any of his previous calendar boxing years.