Anthony Joshua will try to regain his WBA, IBF and WBO Heavyweight titles on Saturday in Saudi Arabia when he faces present champion Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch. Ruiz gained the primary assembly by seventh-round TKO, however regardless of Joshua not being the reigning champion, he stands to take the lion’s share of what’s reportedly a mammoth twin payout.
In line with Chris McKenna of Daily Star Sports, Joshua is about to make upwards of $60 (USD) million for the rematch. That is nonetheless an unconfirmed complete, however there may be each purpose to consider these numbers are not less than in the best ballpark.
Joshua continues to be the A-side on this matchup for quite a lot of causes. First, his star energy as arguably the preferred British fighter on the planet, wasn’t tarnished along with his loss to Ruiz.
Secondly, he’s backed by the highly effective Matchroom Boxing promotional machine, whose headman Eddie Hearn, secured a large $40 million website charge to deliver the bout to Saudi Arabia. Lastly, the second battle was secured in the course of the negotiation for the preliminary bout. An automated rematch clause was put in which locked Ruiz right into a set payout, it doesn’t matter what different funds have been negotiated for the second bout.
These ideas have been substantiated by The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger again in August when the rematch was initially arrange.
That’s why Joshua’s payday figures to be considerably larger than Ruiz. The $60 million complete is probably going a quantity that doesn’t embrace any of Joshua’s bills or tax payouts, however nonetheless, he is able to make a generational-wealth payday as he makes an attempt to avenge the primary and solely lack of his skilled profession.
Ruiz’s assured payday, except for any endorsements he’s been in a position to safe, is believed to be $9 million. That’s $2 million greater than he earned within the first assembly with Joshua. Whereas $9 million is nothing to sneeze at, this isn’t Ruiz’s incomes ceiling.
Nonetheless, he might want to defeat Joshua once more, and maybe arrange one other main battle with the winner of the upcoming Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch, to money in on a better stage.
On Saturday evening, we’ll discover out if Ruiz caught lightning in a bottle or if he has Joshua’s quantity.