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Joshua vs Usyk 2 purse money: How much will they make and how will they split it?

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are set for their second clash on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, with championship belts and a big chunk of money on the line.

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Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are set for their second clash on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, with championship belts and a big chunk of money on the line.
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This weekend, Anthony Joshua will try to exact revenge on Oleksandr Usyk, who snatched all of his championship belts in front of his own fans in the UK last year.

The Ukrainian’s speed and accurate jabs overwhelmed Joshua, but this time around, the British says he wants to smash his opponent.

Though he lost their first meeting, Joshua pocketed much more than Usyk, owing to his greater star power. He reportedly got the lion’s share of $13.6 million, while his opponent only took home $4.1 million. The pay-per-view earnings were also divided 60-40 in favor of AJ.

Joshua vs. Usyk 2: More equitable earnings

Now that Joshua has suffered a defeat, the purse division :for Saturday night’s fight will be more equitable. His star hasn’t dimmed that much though, as he is still poised to bring home a sizable amount of money, win or lose.

Joshua vs. Usyk 2: Multi-million dollar purse

Per Sports Zion, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is offering a massive base purse of $150 million for the rematch, with both fighters splitting it down the middle. Usyk had requested parity as a condition for the rematch. However, still due to the British boxer’s celebrity status, he could stand to earn more from fight bonuses and sponsorships.

The Mirror reports a more conservative- yet still very considerable- purse of $80 million to be divided between the two.

Joshua may be earning a bigger amount in this fight, and he is currently worth much, much more than Usyk. But if the Ukrainian does a repeat of his technically superior performance last year and establishes without a doubt that he is the unified heavyweight champion, his ranking might go up on another list that’s important to all fighters- that of being among the world’s most highly paid athletes.

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