ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to rake in a monster £25million for fighting Jarrell Miller in New York this June.
The unbeaten WBO, IBF and WBO champion failed in his bid to fight Tyson Fury or Dillian Whyte in April at Wembley.
While Brit fans will be devastated AJ’s next big fight will be in the US, Joshua himself has reason to be happy.
After all, less than three years ago he earned just £1.5m for his fight with Dominic Breazeale at the O2 Arena.
With that in mind, we take a look at Joshua’s last eight fights and how his pay-days have drastically increased.
1. Dillian Whyte, December 2015 – £3m
MONTHS after beating Scottish boxer Gary Cornish in just 90 seconds, AJ revealed he would fight Whyte at the O2.
The pair took part in an incredible grudge match in what was then easily the Watford star’s biggest pay-day.
Joshua eventually won with a devastating uppercut in the seventh round – after a huge scare in the second – to win the vacant British heavyweight title.
2. Charles Martin, April 2016 – £8m
JOSHUA’S stock rose even higher after his incredible victory over Whyte, nearly tripling his pay-packet for his next fight against IBF champ Martin.
Taking place at the O2 Arena once again, AJ set the pace of the fight in the first round and get the southpaw at bay throughout.
Martin was knocked to the canvas twice in the second round and was unable to beat the count at the second time of asking.
3. Dominic Breazeale, June 2016 – £1.5m
AFTER his walk in the park against Martin, AJ’s pay-day took a hit in his next bout against Breazeale.
The American became only the second person – after Whyte – to take Joshua past three rounds.
But AJ did eventually beat Breazeale via a brutal seventh-round KO in his fifth fight in a row at London’s O2 Arena.
4. Eric Molina, December 2016 – £2m
LATER that year, Joshua made the second defence of his IBF title, with Molina named the opponent after Wladimir Klitschko injured himself.
Molina barely threw a punch, with AJ flattening him in the third round with a right hand to the jaw.
The American beat the count but was then stopped after a barrage of punches from Joshua seconds later at the Manchester Arena.
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5. Wladimir Klitschko, April 2017 – £15m
JOSHUA finally landed his man as he fought Klitschko in one of the biggest fights of the decade at Wembley – and the pay reflected that at nearly twice his Martin earnings.
In front of a post-war record 90,000-strong crowd, AJ won via TKO in a clash full of drama.
Joshua survived some dicey moments before flooring the Ukrainian twice in the 11th round, with his epic uppercut one of the most memorable punches in recent history.
6. Carlos Takam, October 2017 – £10m
AJ was next due to fight Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff – only for the Bulgarian to pull-out at the 11th-hour due to injury.
Takam stepped in on 12 days notice and put on a valiant display, when the fight was controversially stopped in the tenth round in front of 80,000 fans.
That round, Joshua – who earned a still-impressive £10m – landed a series of huge blows, including a lethal uppercut with the referee ultimately stepping in to call a stop to the fight.
7. Joseph Parker, March 2018 – £18m
JOSHUA made his return to Wales with his second-straight fight in Cardiff to take on New Zealand’s Parker.
In one of his most eagerly-anticipated fights AJ raked in £18m, even more than he did against Klitschko, with Parker taking home £8m.
Joshua, ten pounds lighter than against Takam, was forced to go the distance for the first time ever in his career, but won via unanimous decision.
8. Alexander Povetkin, September 2018 – £20m
WITH talks of a showdown with Deontay Wilder on the cards, Eddie Hearn instead drew-up a fight with WBA mandatory challenger Povetkin in Wembley.
Joshua raked in a huge £20m for the fight – again his largest paycheck to date – and took just seven rounds to KO the Russian in front of 80,000 supporters.
Povetkin had hurt AJ earlier in the fight, but began to tire in the fifth round as Joshua maintained his 100 per cent win record.
9. Jarrell Miller, June 2019* – £25m
FAST forward to the present day and AJ is New York-bound for his biggest ever pay day to boost both his bank balance and reputation.
The unbeaten champ will take on Miller in June at the iconic Madison Square Garden and is expected to tack on an extra £5m to what he earned last September.
At this rate, Joshua may well break the £30m barrier by the time this year is through…