By Peter Akinbo
In the realm of boxing, the roar of the crowds and the knockout punches often translate into multi-million dollar paychecks, propelling fighters into the upper echelons of wealth. Standing tall among the world’s wealthiest active boxers is the British-Nigerian heavyweight powerhouse, Anthony Joshua, commanding a staggering net worth of $80m (N80bn), making him the second-richest pugilist globally.
At 34 years old, Joshua’s meteoric ascent to the upper echelons of financial prowess parallels his ferocity within the squared circle. Renowned for his explosive punches and an impressive record of 26 victories in 29 bouts, with a staggering 23 of those triumphs ending by knockout, the Watford-born pugilist has showcased his dominance against renowned adversaries like Wladimir Klitschko, Dillian White and Charles Martin.
Surpassing a myriad of esteemed opponents, the two-time unified world heavyweight champion trails only behind Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez, the wealthiest active boxer worldwide, boasting an astronomical net worth of $180m.
Alvarez, 33 years old, has won multiple world championships in four weight classes from light middleweight to light heavyweight, including unified titles in three of those weight classes and lineal titles in two.
The British heavyweight maestro, Tyson Fury, 35, stands tall in third place with a net worth of $65m. With 33 victories in 34 bouts, including 24 knockouts, Fury’s showdowns against Wilder and Derek Chisora have added luster to his illustrious career.
Ukrainian sensation, Oleksandr Usyk, 36, has accumulated a net worth of $50m and is fourth in the list. Renowned for his speed and ring craft, Usyk has held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the unified heavyweight titles since 2021, and the Ring magazine title since 2022.
Coming up in fifth place on the list is Alabama-born Deontay Wilder, 36, commanding a net worth of $30m. Wilder has fought against some of the biggest names in boxing, including Tyson Fury and Luis Ortiz. He has won 42 of his 45 fights, with 41 of those wins coming by knockout.
Wilder is known for his powerful right hand which has earned the former WBC heavyweight champion a reputation as a knockout specialist.
Rounding up the list of financial juggernauts are Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan in sixth place with a net worth of $30m, Sonny Bill Williams in seventh with a net worth of $25m, and former world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. in 8th place worth $10m.
Ruiz famously shocked Joshua in 2019 by stripping him of the world titles by a technical knockout at the Madison Square Garden.
The Argentine pugilist Sergio Martinez, aged 48 and the oldest on the list holds a net worth of $10m. Martinez has held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the unified middleweight titles from 2010 to 2014.
25-year-old Ryan Garcia is the youngest boxer on this list and is also worth $10m. Garcia has fought against some of the biggest names in boxing, including Luke Campbell and Francisco Fonseca. He has won 22 of his 23 professional fights, with 18 of those wins coming by knockout.