Anthony Joshua is reportedly set to secure a lucrative pay package in a potential bout with Jarrell Miller.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed on Wednesday that a fight between the 29-year-old Brit and the 30-year-old American is almost a done deal.
While it was initially expected that AJ would fight at Wembley Stadium on 13th April, his debut in the US could yield him a hefty payday.
Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO Championships, earned around £20m for his bout with Alexander Povetkin in September last year, but that could be trumped with his new pay package.
According to the Independent, AJ will ‘likely’ pocket between £25m to £30m for his bout with Miller.
The newspaper also claims that a majority of the money will be coming from DAZN, mainly for how the streaming service will show the fight in the US and have a ‘lucrative, long-term contract’ in place with Matchroom Sport and AJ’s promoter.
“But it’s not just DAZN,” Hearn said, before adding: “It’s Sky Sports Box Office, it’s Madison Square Garden, it’s international TV.
“We see from the commercial deals and the TV deals that we have with him globally that he’s by far the biggest star, when you take America and the UK out, which are probably the two biggest markets in boxing right now, he’s the biggest star in the sport.
“But in America his profile is quite small to be honest with you. Fury and Wilder’s profile was the same size before their fight. Now Fury and Wilder’s profile has probably outgrown Joshua’s out there.
“If we’re going to make him a big star in America, this is the perfect moment and the perfect timing for him and obviously with the TV deals available and everything else, the revenue means that this is a no brainer for us.
“He would prefer to still be fighting at Wembley on April 13, but we’ve got to a stage where [New York] now looks like the right thing to do, if we can get the deal over the line in the next few days, week, then I’m very, very excited. I think it’s brilliant.”
Hearn has said that a bout between the two boxers is likely to take place at Madison Square Garden on 1st or 8th June.
While AJ’s next fight is not official, Big Baby Miller has already taken a personal swipe at the Brit.
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