Joshua Set To Stay With Matchroom
Anthony Joshua set to stay with Matchroom, after weeks of speculation.
The oncoming unification match between Antony Joshua and Joseph Parker this Saturday will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the career of each athlete. The boxers are still young enough and in good shape to attract the attention of promoters far and wide. In any case, they still have unfinished business with champions such as Deontay Wilder categorically expressing interest in fighting Antony Joshua.
It is against this background that speculation has been making rounds indicating that Antony Joshua could be leaving his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. However, Joshua has stated that he is “100 percent happy” and could be extending his deal at Matchroom.
The American Mixed Martial Arts company and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are among companies mentioned to have an interest in Joshua, with the latter allegedly crafting a deal worth over £300m.
Joshua currently stands out as Britain’s most favourite boxing champion and has kept his fans thrilled with consecutive wins time and again. Subsequently, he has ranked among top athletes attracting the attention of promoters, while raking in hefty cash prizes in endorsements and fights.
The Londoner reportedly scooped a cool £15million when he floored Wladimir Klitschko while the deal against Takam was split on 90/10 in his favour, taking home £10million as Carlos Takam pocketed £750,000.
Eddie Hearn is a robust and seasoned promoter. He signed in Joshua as a professional back in 2013. Reports insinuate that UFC’s president Dana White will be watching Joshua and Parker at Cardiff with a keen interest in signing him with a tasty mega-deal.
White termed Joshua as “the most marketable guy in world boxing”, and he is itching to have him come aboard his new brand, Zuffa Boxing, a subsidiary of UFC.
The unification match against Parker is also handsomely prized for both boxers, but Joshua will ultimately be taking home a more substantial purse.
Joshua’s deal at Matchroom is such that every match attracts a different fee as opposed to a flat fee for all deals. It is alleged that UFC proposes to double Joshua’s fee in every fight, earning him between £350m and £500.UFC is a new entrant in boxing and organized their debut match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The bout was estimated to gross an estimated $600 million (£424 million).
Speaking to the Telegraph, Hearn intimated that he was confident of continuing his contract with Joshua.
Would Joshua compete in martial arts? “A fight is a fight at the end of the day,” Joshua told Sky Sports, pointing that he would gladly move skills. “So, yeah, man,I’do it.”He concluded.
By the end of it all and in spite of which promoter signs Joshua, he is poised to make history in his boxing if he keeps up the winning trend. His fellow countryman Lennox Lewis is argued to be the highest-earning British boxer, earning about £84 million during his career.
Even by a blank estimation, it is highly possible that Joshua will surpass this by a wide margin. Joshua may not reach the scale of the highest-earning boxer Floyd Mayweather, whose fortunes from the sport are in the range of $1Billion, but he will certainly amass a sizeable amount.