ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to earn a career-high £15million payday when he takes on Kubrat Pulev, according to reports.
A £20m jackpot will be split between the fighters when they collide on October 28 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Joshua will take him the bulk of the kitty while IBF mandatory challenger Pulev, 36, will also win his biggest purse of £4m, reports the Express.
Unified heavyweight world champion Joshua, who turns 28 on Sunday, split a £20m prize pot down the middle with Wladimir Klitschko after stopping the Ukrainian in the 11th round on April 29.
Pay-per-view sales pushed his overall commission upwards of that figure.
Joshua has a reported net worth of around £25m – but is aiming on turning that into over £1BILLION.
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Speaking before his Wembley showdown against Klitschko, 41, he said: “When I first started, the aim was to become a multi-millionaire.
“But now there are ordinary people, grandmas and granddads, who are worth millions just because of property prices. So the new school of thought is that I need to be a billionaire.
“Being a millionaire is good, but you have to set your sights higher. If I’m making £10m from my next fight, my next target has to be making 10 times that.
“And if I get to £100m-150m, why not go for the billion? I know self-made billionaires. It’s hard, but it’s possible.”
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The British posterboy insisted: “Sooner or later I’ll be ramming my jab down their throat.”
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Stephen Smith ‘healing’ after the Brit boxer’s ear was almost ripped off against Francisco Vargas
STEPHEN SMITH thanked fans for their support after he almost had his ear gruesomely ripped off in a bloody loss to Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. The British boxer was attempting to get himself back into the world title shot picture in Sin City. But after suffering the sickening cut to his […]
STEPHEN SMITH thanked fans for their support after he almost had his ear gruesomely ripped off in a bloody loss to Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
The British boxer was attempting to get himself back into the world title shot picture in Sin City.
But after suffering the sickening cut to his left ear from an accidental clash of heads the fight was stopped by the ringside doctor after the ninth round.
That left the result up to the judges, who scored 89-82, 88-83, 88-83 in favour of Vargas.
However, it was not the result that everyone was talking about following the 32-year-old Liverpudlian’s defeat.
The sickening images swept around the world, but Smith posted a positive update later on Sunday afternoon.
He wrote: “Thanks very much for all your supportive messages last night, read them all and they mean a lot.
“Went to hospital and got my ear stitched back up so hopefully all will heal well. Thanks again for all the love and support. Have a good Christmas everyone.”
The horrific images of the gash evoked memories of when former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson bit a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear off during their title fight back in 1997 rematch for the belt.
Ex-unified super-middleweight and light-heavyweight world champ Andre Ward was one of those stunned by what he had witnessed.
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He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that in a boxing match…in an ear that was not bitten.”
The hospital trip to repair his ear compounded a miserable night for Smith Stateside.
He has now lost three of his last five fights, with two of those world title attempts.
Some good news did emerge later at least as he received the green light from medics to fly back to England on Monday as planned.
Smith claimed prior to the Vargas clash that he would call time on his career if he continued to fall short at the top level.
The fighter from a family of four boxing brothers said: “This is boxing and I know having had two chances, I might only get one more shot.
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“For me it is not about going back to British level, I want to win a world title and defeat can ruin that.”
Meanwhile, the victory marked a successful return to action for Vargas, aged 32.
It was the Mexican’s first in-ring appearance since Miguel Berchelt inflicted a maiden career defeat on him to take his world title back in January.
Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux undercard: Michael Conlan next up to fight Luis Fernando Molina in second US outing
VASYL LOMACHENKO will seek to end the unbeaten record of warrior Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden in the early hours of Sunday morning. But although the main fight is undoubtedly a blockbuster event, there is plenty more skills on show in the undercard. One of the highlights is Michael Conlon, the fighting pride of […]
VASYL LOMACHENKO will seek to end the unbeaten record of warrior Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden in the early hours of Sunday morning.
But although the main fight is undoubtedly a blockbuster event, there is plenty more skills on show in the undercard.
One of the highlights is Michael Conlon, the fighting pride of northern Ireland, who will be fighting over in the US for the second time.
Here’s all you need to know about the undercard.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
Michael Conlon is unbeaten in five fights, and is seen as a genuine world title hope.
He will fight Argentinian hitter Luis Fernando Molina in a six round super bantamweightt contest.
In March this year Conlan secured a stoppage victory against Tim Ibarra.
Also on the undercard will be:
Christopher Diaz vs. Casey Ramos (super featherweight)
Bryant Jennings vs. Don Haynesworth (heavyweight)
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov vs. Steven Ortiz (super lightweight)
Michael Conlan vs. Luis Fernando Molina (featherweight)
Shakur Stevenson vs. Oscar Mendoza (featherweight)
Jose Gonzalez vs. Adan Gonzales (super bantamweight)
Mikaela Mayer vs. Nydia Feliciano (lightweight)
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When and what TV channel is it on?
The fight will take place at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden this Sunday morning, December 10.
It will be broadcast live on BoxNation.
Coverage begins on BT Sport and Box Nation at 2am UK time.
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