Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua: Purses, net worthWritten by Lee Cleveland
On Saturday, surging IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) faces former champion and fight legend Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) in London.
Over 90,000 are expected to fill Wembley Stadium to see what is one of the biggest heavyweight showdowns in the last 20 years, Joshua vs Klitschko.
So let's get right to it.
How much will Anthony and Wladimir earn for the fight?
We believe each fighter will earn a minimum of £15 Million ($19.4 USD). Of course, their purses could be larger as pay-per-view revenue and the live gate will play a role in determining their prize money.
Is the purse split fair?
While some insist Wladimir's long reign and international popularity should qualify him for higher money, Anthony is the champion and most of the 90,000 in attendance will be there to see him. Moreover, Joshua has been generating all of the buzz lately.
Both men clearly bring considerable attributes.
Are you ready for this?
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, the 41-year-old Klitschko's net worth is $60 Million USD. (or £46.3 Million) while the 27-year old Joshua is believed to already be worth £15 Million (or $19.4 Million USD) per numerous British publications.
Klitschko vs Joshua is the most high-profile bout for both fighters although it may not be Wladimir's most lucrative. And while the former consensus champion's fights with Tyson Fury (2015) and David Haye (2011) were big, this one is bigger.
One of the world's most successful athletes, Wladimir Klitschko has had several sweet pay days through the years. He earned £15 million (or $19.4 Million USD) for his win over David Haye in 2011 and $17.5 Million USD (£ 13.5 Million) for fighting Alexander Povetkin in 2013.
Moreover, Klitschko has raked in money from endorsements from numerous German companies, including Mercedes-Benz, McFit, Strellson, and Warsteiner. And Wlad is also part owner of K2 Promorions, a boxing promotional company.
... But we're not finished yet.
Wladimir has dabbled in the hotel business, film distribution and internet start-ups as well.
“You have to get back up again and push yourself further to become victorious – that is what counts. I am more an optimist than a pessimist, and in a crisis you can really do something positive for the future,” Wlad said at a 2012 Mannheim fund conference.
“With investments, it is better to buy at the lowest point, of course, but it can be difficult to know when that lowest point is.”
Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Broadcast: SKY Sports (UK); Showtime (U.S.), HBO (Delayed U.S.)
Titles: WBA (Vacant), IBF
Champion: Joshua (IBF)
Most Americans, even casual boxing fans, have probably never heard of Joshua. And while most casual fans here are familiar with Klitschko, the latter never became a mainstream attraction like recent predecessors such as Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson Lennox Lewis and George Foreman.
Will that change after Saturday night?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.