Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev prize money: How much will stars earn for heavyweight bout?

Anthony Joshua demonstrates power in training session

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev are both set to walk away with millions from their heavyweight showdown. The pair will battle it out at Wembley’s SSE Arena in London where Joshua’s WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles will be on the line.

Joshua and Pulev were originally due to face-off back in 2017 but a shoulder injury meant the Bulgarian had to withdraw.

The 39-year-old, who has lost just once in 29 fights, will now get his shot at glory but champion Joshua is “ready for war”.

“My body is just a vessel that carries my brain so I train my brain more so than my body,” the Brit said.

“I’m ready for war. I’m ready for a fight. The time will come when we go to war.

“I’m looking forward to that date. It’s a privilege to be competing.”

How much will the fighters earn?

Both fighters are guaranteed huge purses, but Joshua revealed he still took a “massive” pay cut to make the bout happen.

According to Total Sportal, Joshua’s earnings could clear £7.5million ($10m).

The 31-year-old is reportedly guaranteed £5.25m ($7m) of that figure, with another £2.25m ($3m)in add-ons such as PPV receipts, ticket sales and sponsorship deals.

As he is already taking a loss to face Pulev, Joshua would be prepared to do the same for the potential mega-clash with Tyson Fury to ensure the fight happens in the UK.

“Why not? Now I’m fighting Kubrat Pulev for a massive pay cut,” he said.

“We have to keep the sport alive, Matchroom are taking pay cuts this year, we have to keep the sport alive.

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev face off at Wembley’s SSE Arena [Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing]


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“We are all doing our part at the minute, it’s all experience.

“We are doing it now so I wouldn’t mind doing it again.

“It’s not harming me, and it’s for a bigger cause as well, it’s a massive cause and a big fight but the main objective is how do we get Fury in the ring.”

Pulev will reportedly earn around £4m ($5m) from the clash with Joshua.

But the Bulgarian previously said he would donate half of his earnings to help medical workers fight the coronavirus.

“I will donate 50 per cent of the money I earn from the match with Joshua to the tireless heroes in the fight against the coronavirus,” said Pulev.

“I will give doctors, nurses and hospitals the necessary equipment to deal with this devilish virus.”

Under the latest Covid restrictions in England, Joshua and Pulev will be fighting in front of 1,000 fans.

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