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Anthony Joshua ‘set to land £100 MILLION pay cheque for facing Usyk in Saudi Arabia – WAY more than Andy Ruiz Jr fight’

ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to bag a whopping £100 MILLION for his hotly anticipated rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

The same country hosted AJ’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr back in 2019, although his earnings from that bout are dwarfed by the reported numbers for his second fight with Usyk.

Usyk beat AJ via unanimous decision at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September

Joshua took on Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia back in December 2019

Saudi Arabia has been rumoured as a potential destination for the title showdown after Usyk left Ukraine to prepare for the rematch.

And according to GiveMeSport, AJ will take home a staggering £100m if the Middle Eastern nation does host the event.

The pair are set to clash once again at the end of June, with Joshua looking to win back his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.

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The 32-year-old has fought in Saudi Arabia before, but is set to rake in almost double the earnings from his first fight in the country if he returns.

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After his shock loss to Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden in the summer of 2019, the pair faced off again at the end of the year in a purpose-built arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

AJ won the clash via unanimous decision, scooping a reported £66m in the process.

But for a second rumble in the desert it’s claimed the Watford-born fighter will cash in an extra £34m.

While Saudi Arabia has been tipped as a potential venue, Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk revealed a location is yet to be confirmed.

He told Sky Sports: “This location is under discussion at the moment. Late June is also the timing we are considering now.

“Many things will depend on how fast we manage to ink the papers.

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“The good thing is that Usyk is already in Europe to start his preparation.”

The Ukrainian had been set to clash with AJ again in the spring, before Russia’s invasion of his homeland KO’d initial plans.

Usyk, 35, returned to his country to fight on the front line, with Joshua’s future left up in the air.

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