According to ESPN, Saudi Arabia agreed to pay a record $ 150 million fee to host the heavyweight boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury this summer.
The old record belonged to the comparison between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in 2019 that took place at the Diriyah Arena, also in Saudi Arabia. According to the The Athletic, the cost of organizing this match is 60 million USD.
Joshua currently owns three WBA, IBF, and WBO belts, and Fury holds the heavy WBC belt. In March, these two British boxers are believed to have signed contracts to unify all four of the most prestigious heavy belts.
On April 25, ESPN information that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay $ 150 million to organize the battle. Joshua and Fury will each pocket $ 75 million after this great war, not to mention other revenues from ticket sales or TV rights.
According to the Sports Mail, the total prize money for the match between Joshua and Tyson Fury is about 280 million USD. In the first match, the two boxers split 50-50. In the rematch at the end of 2021, the ratio is 60-40 in favor of the winner of the first match.
The winner of this match will be the first fighter in 21 years since Lennox Lewis, becoming the absolute champion of heavyweight boxing. This position, which was left vacant for so long, because the Klitschko brothers – the holders of the major belts – refused to compare gloves with each other.
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