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Anthony Joshua gets £20m for shock defeat, Andy Ruiz £5m for winning



Andy Ruiz Jr might have produced one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history on Saturday, but his pay cheque was distinctly lightweight , compared to Anthony Joshua ’ s .

The Mexican stunned Britain ’ s WBA , IBF and WBO champion to shake up heavyweight boxing ’ s established order in dramatic style.

Ruiz is understood to have made only around £ 5 m from the fight at New York’ s iconic Madison Square Garden , The SUN has reported .

Compare that to the whopping £ 20 m 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 .