The billions that Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk pocketed from Saudi Arabia title fight

The billions that Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk pocketed from Saudi Arabia title fight

Festus Chuma 15:00 - 19.05.2024

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk secure massive earnings from their historic undisputed heavyweight title fight in Saudi Arabia.

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have both landed monumental earnings from their heavyweight title unification fight in Saudi Arabia.

Usyk achieved an incredible milestone by becoming the first boxer since Lennox Lewis to unify the WBC, WBA, WBO, and IBF titles, securing victory through a split decision against The Gypsy King who bravely fought until the end. 

The event, anticipated as one of the significant clashes of the 21st century exceeded the lofty expectations of boxing enthusiasts worldwide.

 Despite his defeat, Fury's financial takeaway remains substantial.

In 2023, when both camps finalized their terms, they agreed on a 70/30 purse split favoring Fury. 

Although the precise amount remains undisclosed, there is widespread speculation that Fury is set to receive around $150 million (Ksh 19.4 billion), subject to certain deductions.

The arrangement was part of a broader negotiation, which also included a philanthropic gesture—Fury agreed to a condition set by 'The Cat' that he would donate £1 million (Ksh 129 million) of his earnings to support Ukraine during its ongoing conflict with Russia.

Bob Arum, Fury's American promoter, had previously expressed that any offer significantly less than the speculated amount would not sit well with Fury. 

"If you told Tyson Fury he's set to make $100 million (Ksh 12.9 billion), he'd really get p****d off. Because he thinks – and I think he's right – that he's gonna make a lot more than that." Arum remarked last October.

On the opposite end, Usyk is expected to walk away with $64 million (Ksh 8.3 billion) illustrating the lucrative nature of high-stakes boxing matches.

The earnings from this event will likely set a new benchmark for future boxing promotions underlining the sport's capacity to generate staggering sums of money and capture the imagination of fans worldwide.

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