One of the most brutal, savage, and entertaining sports is boxing. The industry has become extremely popular and the fighters rake in a massive sum of money. Have you ever wondered who the 10 richest boxers are? Gear up and get ready to find out.
The money in boxing mostly comes from bets and promotions. There are boxers who fortune has favoured, both inside and outside the boxing ring. Others, like Mike Tyson, have not been so lucky in managing their wealth, despite having been one of the wealthiest boxers in history.
Here are the top 10 richest boxers in the world right now
Of course, Floyd Mayweather and the Klitschko brothers are some names that come to mind when you think of the wealthiest boxers. Who else made it to the top 10?
10. Wladimir Klitschko
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Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Klitschko has a net worth of $90 million as of May 2022. He earned the nickname "Dr Steelhammer" for his incredible knockouts. The two-time world heavyweight champion is mainly involved in humanitarian work currently.
9. Anthony Joshua
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua OBE is a British-Nigerian, 32-year-old (as of May 2022) professional boxer with a net worth of $80 million. He is known for fighting in matches with expensive stakes. He a former world heavyweight champion.
8. Vitali Klitschko
The brother of Wladimir Klitschko is a former professional boxer who is now primarily involved in Ukrainian politics and plays a significant role in ending the Russo-Ukrainian war. He earned the nickname ''Dr Ironfist'' as a derivative of his powerful punches. He has a net worth of $80 million.
7. Sugar Ray Leonard
Ray Charles Leonard is an American-born, former professional boxer worth $120 million. Since retiring, he has been a motivational speaker, actor, and entrepreneur.
6. Lennox Lewis
Lewis, a British-Jamaican citizen, has a net worth of $140 million. He has since retired and is now a boxing commentator. During his career, Lennox earned hundreds of millions of dollars from guaranteed purses and, more importantly, Pay-Per-View bonuses.
5. Canelo Alvarez
His real name is Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán, but he was nicknamed Canelo, meaning cinnamon in Spanish, because of his red hair. The Mexican boxer has a net worth of $140 million. In addition, he has been described by some as the best pound-for-pound boxer.
4. Oscar De La Hoya
Nicknamed ''The Golden boy'', the Mexican- American former boxer has a net worth of $200 million. He is currently a renowned boxing promoter, author, and entrepreneur.
3. Manny Pacquiao
He is a former Filipino professional boxer, actor, singer, and endorser currently in politics. He is considered one of the best "pound-for-pound" boxers. He is worth $220 million.
2. George Foreman
George Foreman is a former professional boxer and a two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. In addition, he is a successful entrepreneur nicknamed ''Big George''. He is best known for the Foreman grill, which made him a fortune of $300 million.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Who is the wealthiest and highest-paid boxer in 2022? Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a world-renowned boxing champion and promoter known for not shying away from flaunting his wealth online. He is also the highest earning boxer globally and the wealthiest boxer of all time, with a net worth of $450 million.
Richest boxers in Africa
The only African name featuring among the top ten is Anthony Joshua. Others include Badou Jack from the Gambia, Moruti Mthalane from South Africa, Demetrius Andrade from Cape Verde, Ilunga Makabu from DRC, Lawrence Okolie from Nigeria, Nordine Oubaali from Morocco, Ryad Merhy from Ivory Coast, Andrew Tabiti from Nigeria, and last but not least, Isaac Dogboe from Ghana.
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Who are the highest-paid boxers in 2022?
The following are the top ten highest-paid boxers in the world in 2022:
- Anthony Joshua
- Tyson Fury
- Deontay Wilder
- Alexander Povetkin
- Dillian wyte
- Andy Ruiz Jr.
- Luiz Ortiz
- Oleksandr Usyk
- Micheal Hunter
- Joseph Parker
Other notable mentions absent in this list of richest boxers include Michael Buffer, a ring announcer, Bob Arum, a lawyer, businessman and promoter, Don King, a boxing promoter, Muhammad Ali with a net worth of $50 million, Marvin Hagler with a net worth of $40 million, and Bernard Hopkins with a net worth of $40 million.
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