DON’T just take his promoter Eddie Hearn’s word for it. It’s now official: Anthony Joshua, the current WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion, is wealthy and marketable and perhaps the hottest commodity in boxing.
That’s according to a Forbes boxing rich list which recognises Joshua as boxing’s biggest earner for the first time in his five-year professional career. In reaching top spot, the Londoner surpasses Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and consensus pound-for-pound number one Gennady Golovkin. He also vindicates the long-held view of his promoter, who has claimed, pretty much from day one, that Joshua would become the biggest star in boxing.
He’s certainly getting there. With an estimated £18 million received from a heavyweight unification fight with Joseph Parker in March, Joshua, 21-0 (20), now looks for bigger and better, both in terms of legacy and financial reward, and seemingly has an abundance of lucrative options.