Where Anthony Joshua ranks among highest-paid athletes in the UK in 2020, with Tyson Fury, Lewis Hamilton and Mohamed Salah all bringing in big salaries December 11, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Anthony Joshua is expected to pocket £10million from his fight with Kubrat Pulev on Saturday – not bad for a night’s work.
However, the two-time heavyweight world champion is used to seeing larger payslips than that having reportedly earned upwards of £50m in his last bout when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr.
It was revealed earlier this year that Joshua was worth an eye-watering £107m, making Tottenham forward Gareth Bale the only British athlete to be worth more than him.
Ahead of AJ’s next fight, against Pulev in London on Saturday, talkSPORT.com has taken a look at where the 31-year-old ranks among the highest-paid athletes who are either from these shores or make their living here.
In the Forbes charts, Joshua finds himself in FOURTH spot, with WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury top, pocketing around £43.3m.
Just behind Fury is F1 legend Lewis Hamilton with around £41m. Expect his pay to continue rising next year as he chases a record EIGHTH Driver’s Championship title.
In third we have golfer Rory McIlroy. The four-time major winner earned a healthy £39.5m, followed by Joshua at £35.7m.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah brings up the rear having earned £26.7m this year.
If Joshua gets the better of Pulev as is expected, it will only lead to more calls for him to fight Fury in a heavyweight unification battle.
Forbes’ highest-paid athletes in the UK 2020
- Tyson Fury (£43.3m)
- Lewis Hamilton (£41m)
- Rory McIlroy (£39.5m)
- Anthony Joshua (£35.7m)
- Mohamed Salah (£26.7m)
Right now Joshua is focusing on the task at hand but his promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT what the latest is on a potential Joshua vs Fury bout.
“There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to try and make that fight,” Hearn told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“If he’s triumphant on Saturday night, I believe you’ll see Fury vs AJ move very quickly.
“We’ll be doing everything we can to get that fight up and announced as soon as possible.
“The governing bodies will be like hawks, saying AJ has to fight Usyk, but we want to say to them, ‘Look, we’ve got an agreement for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, please allow this fight, one of the biggest in all time boxing history, to happen.’”