By Victor Kanayo
After beating Swiss boxer Otto Wallin, British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua, is now $10m richer.
The victory and subsequent earning ensured that Joshua ended 2023 with an impressive manner after heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder suffered a shock defeat to Joseph Parker same Saturday night.
Joshua’s showdown with Wallin came on the same card as Wilder vs Joseph Parker, with the expectation being that AJ and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ would fight sometime next year.
Parker scuppered these plans, however, as he outboxed Wilder and beat the American by unanimous decision.
Joshua’s bout followed but another surprise defeat never looked likely, as he looked focused from the start and produced an impressive performance to completely shut down Wallin.
Beyond the bloodied noses and pains of defeats, these boxers ended the night with a hefty payday.
As reported by Spanish Newspaper, Marca, Joshua could have pocketed between $10 and $12 million for his participation.
His opponent, Wallin will make considerably less at around $1 million but this is still over three times more than his $200k deal for fighting Tyson Fury.
There is an additional purse for the winner of the bout, though this exact amount is not yet known.
However, it is expected that the final deal will include a portion of the gate and PPV sales, which will not be known until many weeks after the event. So there could be a huge bonus to the fighters in the New Year.