Anthony Joshua To Make A Whopping £30m From 1st U.S. Fight

This week should end the ongoing wait for concrete news of Anthony Joshua’s next opponent with the deal for a 1 June encounter with New Yorker Jarrell Miller now close to completion.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, on Tuesday described himself as ‘80 per cent sure’ that IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua will face Miller at Madison Square Garden this summer and all relevant parties could put pen to paper before the weekend is over.

It is now nearly five months since Joshua last boxed, when he recovered from a slow start before pummelling Alexander Povetkin into oblivion with a minute left of the seventh round at Wembley.

Joshua was already booked to fight at the National Stadium again on 13 April but a failure to secure a worthy opponent for a spring showdown beneath the arch has left AJ and Hearn needing to look elsewhere.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury were both targets while Dillian Whyte, knocked out by Joshua in the 10th round of their tempestuous 2015 fight, was also offered another crack at British boxing’s poster boy.

But Whyte, who is also promoted by Hearn, turned down a third and final offer worth around £6m last week so now Joshua will attempt to crack America earlier than planned.

“We have got to do something a little bit out of the ordinary,” Hearn said. “Something a little bit left field which we look like we will be doing [in fighting Miller].

“But sometimes I sit down and think ‘what a great move’. We’re going to go and open up a completely different market and once these Americans see Anthony Joshua in the ring and out of the ring, this guy is going to be a massive, massive star over there.”

In fact, although a June clash with Miller appears to be the fourth choice if not a last resort for the summer, it is understood that Joshua will, incredibly, earn a career-high payday for his part in the clash.

In crossing the Atlantic to face Miller, Joshua will miss the chance to shift another 80,000 tickets at Wembley while his UK pay-per-view figures will take a hit with the fight set to take place in the early hours of Sunday morning on 2 June. But when Hearn was asked whether that meant facing Miller was effectively Joshua taking a pay cut, the promoter could barely stifle his laughter.

September’s victory over Povetkin yielded Joshua around £20m, which is his previous best purse, but facing Miller will likely earn him between £25m and £30m. Not bad for a fight he would not even have taken if negotiations had gone his way over the past few months.

The bulk of the money will come from DAZN, the streaming service on which the fight will be shown in America and who have a lucrative, long-term contract with Hearn and Matchroom.