Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk purse and prize money from heavyweight fight

Anthony Joshua will earn a massive £15million to fight Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Saturday night.

The unified world heavyweight champion will enjoy a 50 per cent pay increase from his last outing against Kubrat Pulev last December, where only 1,000 fans were allowed to attend at the SSE Arena Wembley.

He could have stood to make a considerable amount more for fighting Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia on August 14, but there was nothing Joshua could do to keep that fight alive when Fury was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder by a US court.

Instead, he’s taking on his mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, who will double his money from fighting Derek Chisora behind-closed-doors last Halloween with a £5m payday on Saturday.

Usyk stands to make quite a few more millions should he win, with an automatic rematch clause written into his contract in the event of the upset victory.

© Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will make £20m between them this weekend

Andy Ruiz earned a similar payday of around £5.36m for his first fight with Joshua, but after a stunning KO victory, earned a Saudi Arabian rematch that made him around £10m.

Usyk will be hoping for a similar outcome when he enters into enemy territory on Saturday night, although he knows London well, and famously won Olympic gold in the city in 2012.

Joshua was set to earn £100m for his undisputed fight with Fury, but instead has to settle for a considerable amount less than that.

And Fury has said that he hopes Joshua wins, so that should he get through Wilder on October 9, he can make the most money possible.

Who wins this weekend, Joshua or Usyk? Let us know in the comments section!

“Do I want him to win? Definitely,” Fury said. “Because it doesn’t make much sense in me beating Usyk up.

“I’d much prefer to beat Joshua up. It’s a bigger fight and people want to see it more.

“If Usyk does then he will cost us a few quid, won’t he? Then again we have lost plenty of money in the past so it doesn’t really matter, does it? There’s plenty to go around.”

Joshua has admitted to feeling the undisputed fight will complete his legacy, but he is currently focused on Usyk, feeling that Fury is in a 50-50 fight with Wilder next month.

“We’re all in 50-50 fights,” Joshua said of the top heavyweights. “Me, Usyk, Fury and Wilder.

“Fury makes his first title defence, Wilder comes back off a loss, I’m making a mandatory title defence, I don’t personally want to make a statement.

“I want to do what I know I can do personally, whatever people’s view of that is is down to them, good luck to Fury and Wilder, let’s just keep boxing on people’s tongues.”

Usyk would have made similar money to this weekend when he fought Tony Bellew in Manchester three years ago, but has never fought on such a big stage as a professional.

He would join an historic rank of fighters including Evander Holyfield and David Haye if he manages to win the heavyweight titles this weekend.

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