Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: How much money has AJ made in previous fights?

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Anthony Joshua is expected to make £15m on Saturday night in what could be the toughest fight of his career against Ukrainian Olympic champion Oleksandr Usyk.

The contest will be the last fight of Joshua’s multi-million-pound deal with Sky, who are now competing with new boxing streaming platform DAZN for the rights to show the heavyweight champion’s future fights.

Sky will now have to work hard to secure a contract with the fighter after AJ yesterday signed a new ‘career-long’ deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, who recently signed an eye-watering $1billion deal with DAZN.

With AJ’s new deal with Matchroom Boxing reportedly set to bank him a staggering £100m, we thought we’d flick back through the 29-year-old's career earnings to date.

Check out AJ’s last 11 purses here, according to The Sun.

Dillian Whyte - December 2015 - £3m

Joshua pocketed a tasty £3m after he defeated the Body Snatcher in an enthralling bout that saw him knock out Dillian Whyte with a huge right uppercut in the seventh round.

Charles Martin - April 2016 - £5m

Charles Martin was previously undefeated, making his first IBF heavyweight championship defence in this fight, but it was AJ who set the pace, going on to win his first heavyweight championship via TKO and earn a very nice £5m fighters fee.

Read more: Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: Date, Odds, Tickets, Stats, Live Stream, Card And Everything You Need To Know

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Dominic Breazeale - June 2016 - £4.5m

The purse for Joshua’s first title defence shrunk in 2016 to £4.5m after he defeated challenger Dominic Breazeale in the seventh round.

Eric Molina - December 2016 - £5m

But his purses bounced back up again in 2016 as he took on Mexican-American Eric Molina and was quick to dispatch his opponent in three rounds.

Wladimir Klitschko - April 2017 - £15m

Surprisingly this isn’t AJ’s biggest fee, but it was the first time he had reached a double-figure million pound purse. In one of the most famous boxing matches this century, Joshua battered Klitschko in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London, forcing the Ukrainian giant to the ground twice in the fifth round. Eventually, the referee called a halt on proceedings, awarding Joshua the win and £15m in earnings.

Carlos Takam - October 2017 - £10m

Four months after his fight with Klitschko, AJ's purse for his bout with Carlos Takam dropped by £5m, but with around £34m already in the bank, AJ seemed focused on the fight, knocking his opponent out in the 10th round.

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Joseph Parker - March 2018 - £16m

New Zealand born Parker was the first fighter to take Joshua the distance, forcing him to work for his career-high pay of £16m.

Alexander Povetkin - September 2018 - £20m

Joshua saw another rise in his pay after he took on world title challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley. After a tough first opening rounds, with AJ taking a few big shots from the Russian, Joshua knocked out Povetkin in round seven with a left hand to the head, securing £20m in pay.

Andy Ruiz Jr I - June 2019 - £20m

The first and only loss of Joshua’s career so far came against Andy Ruiz Jr, who scored an emphatic seventh-round TKO victory over the Brit to claim AJ’s unified heavyweight title belts. While Joshua earned £20m from the fight, Ruiz earned much less at around £5.36m.

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Andy Ruiz Jr II - December 2019 - £66m

Coming in as one of the biggest purses in the history of combat sports, Joshua raked in an eye-watering £66m for his rematch against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia. Ruiz, meanwhile, reportedly made around £9m for the rematch that saw Joshua win via unanimous decision to reclaim the unified heavyweight titles.

Kubrat Pulev - December 2020 - £10m

In stark contrast to his purse against Ruiz, Joshua took a massive pay cut for his ninth-round knockout against Bulgarian fighter Kubrat Pulev. However, the global pandemic and lack of crowd was a big factor behind that.

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