Richest boxers in the world and where Tyson Fury ranks as Jake Paul above Anthony Joshua


Boxing is arguably the most lucrative individual sport – with the top champions earning millions per fight and with the popularity continuing to grow, it doesn’t seem like that’ll change anytime soon.

Spectators are willing to travel the world, paying hefty fees to sit in the stands to watch their favorite fighters go at it, whilst millions at home front up pay-per-view money to witness the sport.

With colorful personalities, trash-talk and highlight moments – boxing is certainly one of the most entertaining sports that we’re all thankful to have.

Having the above traits can hugely aid you in the sport – especially financially.

Being a marketable, exciting and successful boxer will usually lead to a number of huge paydays.

In recent times, the UK has seen two heavyweight fighters – Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua – make huge sums of money.

Before them, guys such as Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya have gone on to become extravagant millionaires – all being prominent even in retirement.

But which boxers have made the most money? Here, MEN sport takes a look at the top 10 richest boxers of all-time.

10) Anthony Joshua (£60m)

Despite only having 26 professional fights, Joshua has made a massive amount of money in that time – being a marketable athlete since day one.

His debut coming off the back of his Olympics Gold medal in London, there was plenty of anticipation ahead of his career, as Joshua made easy work of all of his opponents for two years before coming up against Dillian Whyte in 2015 – eventually winning with a seventh round KO.

Joshua has sold over one million PPVs seven times in his career – with almost two million tuning in to see him defeat Joseph Parker.

9) Jake Paul – (£75 million)

Jake Paul enters the boxing rich list.
Jake Paul enters the boxing rich list.

A new man has broken into the top 10 of the boxing rich list for the first time in five years.

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It’s tough to find someone who had a better year than Jake Paul. In the boxing ring, he knocked out two legitimate MMA legends in Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley – defeating the latter twice with an emphatic knockout in their second fight.

In 2021 alone, Paul pocketed an estimated £30million in the ring.

He said on his brother Logan Paul’s podcast called Impaulsive: “I make more than every UFC fighter f****** combined, including Conor.”

However, it’s his out of the ring accomplishments and financial dealings which see him enter the list.

Paul explained that his net worth increased from other factors including ‘NFT’ and Cryptocurrency investments made last year alongside his sponsorship and brand deals.

He had also generated huge wealth from his career on streaming platform YouTube which helped him rise to fame alongside brother Logan.

8) Sugar Ray Leonard (£88 million)

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Sugar Ray Leonard was one of the most entertaining fighters of all-time.

His boxing career lasted for two decades, winning an undisputed welterweight champion and the welterweight championship from all four major boxing sanctioning bodies.

He also won the middleweight, lighter middleweight, super middleweight, and heavyweight championships.

An under-appreciated icon.

7) Tyson Fury (£100 million)

Just one year ago, The Gypsy King would not have featured on this list. But his trilogy fights with Deontay Wilder has seen him break the £100 million mark in career earnings.

The 33-year-old is reported to have a net worth of between £100m and £120m following his latest win over Wilder, although the figure could in fact be higher.

Fury earned £7.8m after drawing with Wilder in their first bout in 2018, which was the catalyst for him to sign a huge £80m five-fight deal with ESPN.

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Fury could quite easily find himself break the top three of this list should he continue fighting for another five-plus years and has another payday on the way when he defends his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte.

Then anything like a two-fight deal with Joshua would be extremely lucrative for them both.

6) Lennox Lewis (£103m)

Lennox Lewis knocks down Glenn McCrory
Lennox Lewis knocks down Glenn McCrory

Fury and Joshua are not the richest British fighter though, that title goes to Lennox Lewis.

A man who defeated Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Vitali Klitschko, Leonard was the undisputed heavyweight champion, the last boxer to achieve the feat.

Another fighter who came in to the professional circuit with a huge following after his Olympic gold winning performances.

5) Canelo Alvarez (£105 million)

The pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet, Canelo Alvarez is the richest current fighter on this list who has now broken the top five all-time.

The Mexican has become the biggest draw in the sport after Mayweather’s retirement, with millions round the globe tuning in to watch his masterful performances.

Nine years ago, Alvarez boxed in the third-most watched bouts of all-time, when he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr on points.

He’s gone on to have 15 further PPVs which were all viewed by over one million subscribers.

If you want to see how rich this guy truly is, go check out his interviews with Graham Bensinger on YouTube. It’s a great watch.

4) Oscar de la Hoya (£148 million)

The American-Mexican made millions during his storied career – with millions tuning in to watch his 1998 bout with the great Julio Cesar Chavez.

He won the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight light middleweight and middleweight titles.

He’d been the money fighter before the rise of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Since retiring, de la Hoya has gone on to further his wealth substantially by founding Golden Boy Promotions, which Canelo had fought on up until recently.

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3) Manny Pacquiao (£163 million)

manny pacquiao
manny pacquiao

In any other era, Manny Pacquiao would have been mentioned as the greatest of all-time.

He has too many huge victories and accomplishments to mention, but we’ll just add that he’s the only boxer in history to win twelve major world titles in EIGHT different weight divisions.

On his day, he could get the better of anyone he wanted to with absolute ease.

He’s now hugely involved with politics in his home nation, and is currently the Senator of the Philippines.

2) George Foreman (£222 million)

When you want to make a ham and cheese toastie, you don’t just use a grill… you use a Foreman grill.

George Foreman has gone on to make over £200 million in selling his grills, becoming a highly successful entrepreneur.

Oh, and yeah, he was also one of the best heavyweight boxers of all-time.

In his 28 year career, Foreman won two world heavyweight championships and an Olympic Gold medal.

He fought in 81 fights, winning 76 times – an incredible record.

1) Floyd Mayweather Jr (£400m)

Floyd Mayweather Jr speaks during a news conference
Floyd Mayweather Jr speaks during a news conference at the KA Theater

By far and away the richest boxer of all-time, the man’s boxing nickname was literally ‘money’ – and for good reason.

The top four most watched boxing fights of all-time all featured him (vs. Pacquiao, Conor McGregor, Alvarez and de la Hoya) – and he made a large percentage of the purse in all four of those bouts.

Famous for flaunting his money across social media, it’s tough to argue that he hasn’t earned it.

One of the best defensive boxers of all-time, who never really came close to being defeated.

The Olympic bronze medalist has won the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight titles.

50 fights, 50 wins.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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