Andy Ruiz Jr might have caused one of the biggest upheavals in boxing heavyweight history on Saturday, but his paycheck was significantly lighter than Anthony Joshua’s.
Ruiz is understood to have made only around £5m from the fight at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, The SUN has reported.
Compare that to the whopping £20m Joshua is thought to have made and you see just how wide the gulf in class between these two boxers was supposed to be.
Despite taking home Joshua’s three belts, Ruiz was not even meant to be on the money list on Saturday night.
He took the fight with just five weeks’ notice after Joshua’s original opponent Jarrell Miller failed three drugs tests in the build-up.
The cash is the largest purse of Ruiz’s career, but he can expect to earn a lot more than that in any rematch later this year.
His previous biggest payday came in at a reported £770,000 for his defeat by New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in 2017.
The Mexican surprised the British WBA, IBF and WBO champion to shake up the heavyweight boxing’s established order in dramatic style.
In the seventh round of Saturday night’s heavyweight title fight, Anthony Joshua fell to one knee and then staggered to the corner. Referee Michael Griffin walked to Anthony Joshua, watched him as he made an attempt to recover and then called the fight with 1:26 remaining in the round.
Ruiz, a native of Southern California, is the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title. He was chosen as a late replacement for Jarell Miller in this fight after Miller failed a drug test. The 270-pound Ruiz had little time to prepare, having just fought Alexander Dimitrenko on April 20.
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