A two-time heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua is one of the most recognizable names in boxing. In the ring, Joshua has provided fans with memories that will last a lifetime. Outside of it, his influence has reached far beyond what any other boxer has been able to accomplish over the years.
Turning pro in 2013, Joshua is a former British and Commonwealth champion. He has held the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles twice. And while he has recently lost two fights in a row to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua’s name still holds plenty of value.
With a 2-3 record in his last five fights, Joshua returns to action against American Jermaine Franklin on April 1. The fight takes place inside the O2 Arena in London, a venue that Joshua hasn’t performed in since 2016.
Should AJ secure victory, then his attention could turn to old foe Dillian Whyte, who he defeated via seventh-round knockout in 2015. Ultimately, though, Joshua will have crossed hairs locked on a third world championship and the financial compensation that comes with it.
The Sporting News looks into how Joshua has accumulated his fortune and where he stands among the wealthiest and most influential athletes in the world.
Anthony Joshua’s net worth: How much does Joshua make?
Joshua told GQ he has a goal of becoming a top earner in boxing and sports in general.
“When I first started, the aim was to become a multi-millionaire,” Joshua stated. “But now there are ordinary people, grandmas and grandads, who are worth millions just because of property prices. So the new school of thought is that I need to be a billionaire. Being a millionaire is good but you have to set your sights higher.”
Anthony Joshua’s career earnings
Per Celebrity Net Worth, when Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 and won the WBA heavyweight title, he made about $17 million. Against Andy Ruiz Jr. inside Madison Square Garden, Joshua earned about $25 million (that includes fight night incentives). After he lost to Ruiz, Joshua activated his rematch clause. In Saudi Arabia in December 2019, Joshua earned $60 million and won the rematch.
When Joshua lost to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021, Total Sportal had Joshua earning about $20 million. Per SportsZion and talkSPORT, Joshua earned about $75 million in the rematch, plus the fight bonus via sponsorships and PPV numbers.
Outside of fighting, Joshua has managed to keep busy. In June 2022, Joshua signed a reported $100 million deal with DAZN. He left Sky Sports for an exclusive partnership with that company. Joshua became a shareholder, special advisor, and brand ambassador. He also joined DAZN’s strategic advisory board for its global expansion of boxing content.
“I am entering a new phase in my career with a new training environment, new coaches, and now a new broadcaster,” Joshua stated in a release. “Negotiations at this level take time so I am pleased to have it all wrapped up and now I can fully focus on giving the fans and DAZN what they want, knockouts in the glamour division.
Anthony Joshua’s endorsements
Joshua has partnered with several organizations over the years. He has been sponsored by Under Armour, Jaguar Land Rover, Beats by Dre, Hugo Boss, Sky Sports, and DAZN.
Anthony Joshua’s social media influence
One of the most famous boxers in the world, Joshua has a large social media following. He has over 15 million followers on Instagram, over 7.3 million followers on Facebook, and 3.4 million followers on Twitter.
Anthony Joshua charities
Joshua has been known to give back to the community.
Heading into his fight with Jermaine Franklin, Joshua teamed with DAZN by launching a co-branded merchandise line. Joshua also started a charity auction supporting Warming Welcoming Space, which “encourages organizations to open their doors for those struggling to heat their homes.” The charity is located in Watford, Joshua’s hometown, and fans can win “VIP tickets for the big fight, access to the press conference, and a signed pair of AJ’s gloves.”
“This is one of the many reasons I am excited to have signed up with DAZN for my next five years of activity,” Joshua said. “Not only are they committed to giving me a fantastic platform for my upcoming fights, they are innovating in a variety of ways to bring sports and athletes closer to the fans, and give them what they want.”
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joshua provided a donation via Team GB to keep amateur boxing alive in the U.K. He has supported this for years, as he often provides advice for young kids looking to get involved in the fight game.
Joshua has also collaborated with the Forever Hope Foundation, which provides aid and support to those who may need it.
Not long ago, Joshua helped a cancer charity by donating a signed boxing glove for an auction event. With Sky Sports, Joshua was an ambassador for the Sky Sports Academy. He provided behind-the-scenes assistance to youth in order for them to reach their goals across the U.K. and Ireland.