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Rematch payout for Joshua and Usyk is $40 million.

Rematch payout for Joshua and Usyk is $40 million.

The prize money for Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight title rematch on Saturday (today) in Saudi Arabia has been made public. According to Evening Standard, the guaranteed minimum for Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch is £33.2 million ($40 million). On Wednesday, at the last news conference before the rematch, the pair squared off.

Joshua cautioned Usyk that his increased size wouldn’t be enough and would just let him (Usyk) take more damage in the second fight. According to additional sources, if pay-per-view television sales reach a level high enough to warrant adding a bonus for the victor, Joshua or Usyk’s salary for the rematch may increase to around $50 million. When Joshua and Usyk square off again in Saudi Arabia, he will be seeking to recapture the former world heavyweight belts.

For “AJ,” who suffered dearly for a poor strategy during the first fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September when he stumbled to a miserable second career defeat, this is must-win territory.

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