2020-12-13 20:53:07 | how much did each fighter earn, and what was their prize money?

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Anthony Joshua made his long-awaited return to action when he successfully defended his world heavyweight belts against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev at Wembley’s SSE Arena on Saturday. Joshua, mixing long-range control with fearsome uppercuts and a killer instinct, defeated his opponent in the ninth round

Joshua vs Pulev fight purse – how much was earned?

There are no set purses for the fight, but it is believed the British world champion will have earned in the region of £10 million from the fight.

Pulev, who had just one previous defeat on his professional record, is expected to have made in the region of £3m.

However, both fighters could exceed those figures as pay-per-view numbers are expected to be higher than normal given the lack of spectators allowed at the event.

Having not fought since winning his belts back in a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr in Saudi Arabia on December 7 last year, Joshua admitted he might be a little rusty.

“That’s what makes this fight so interesting. This year has just thrown every obstacle at us all,” said the 31-year-old. “I might go in there, I can tell you that I’m a million dollars, I feel good, I’ve been knocking everyone out in sparring. I’m the one that’s coming up now and I’m going to be the undisputed champ and I go in there on Saturday night and I [might] get my head punched in because I’ve got ring rust. Who knows?

“But I feel good, I’m looking forward to it. I haven’t boxed in such a long time, but that’s why in lockdown I’ve done a lot of training, mental training. I’ve done a lot of sparring, getting my body tough again, getting punched up.

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“Sometimes in sparring in my head I’m going to take this round off and let this boy punch me up because I need to get tough. I need to get that thick skin. That’s the closest way I can prepare and I hope it comes to fruition on Saturday.”

In an exclusive interview with Telegraph Sport, Pulev said: “He’s strong. He has power, and that power is very dangerous. But I am technically better and I think this is very important in this fight. We see a lot of mistakes from Anthony. A lot of bad sides to him. I think these mistakes, and the bad sides, have stayed. When I am good, I beat him well.

“Right now, I feel very good, strong and powerful. Of course, he’s a good fighter, he is very dangerous. But I’m a danger to him, too, because I am very strong. We will see how Joshua performs. I don’t know what to expect from him. It doesn’t matter to me. For me, it’s only important what I do in the ring and how I prepare.”

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Source References: The Telegraph

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