The incredible rise of Tyson Fury’s pay-days and why homeless charities are the biggest winnersFebruary 12, 2019
HEAVYWEIGHT star Tyson Fury is poised to rake in an estimated £20million for his eagerly-awaited rematch with Deontay Wilder.
The 30-year-old is expected to face the Bronze Bomber on May 18 with the former unified champion to pocket his highest pay out to date.
The Gypsy King was robbed of one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history when judges controversially scored December’s bout against Wilder as a draw.
But he is fully confident of having his hand raised as winner in their next outing, and even joked he would go on a two-month bender should he emerge victorious.
He is set to take home a seven-figure sum for the fifth fight in a row stretching back to his famous night in Dusseldorf when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko.
And he could donate his entire prize money to charity again, after he gave away his £7m winnings from the clash against Wilder to help out the homeless.
1. Wladimir Klitschko, November 2015 – £5m
Following victories against Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer, Fury was rewarded with a shot against the long-reigning champ.
Fury defied the odds when he outpointed the Ukrainian legend to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF belts.
Judges scored the fight 115–112, 115–112, and 116–111 in favour of the Brit, who would then have a two-and-a-half year hiatus away from the sport due to personal issues.
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2. Sefer Seferi, June 2018 – £5m
Fury sensationally claimed promoter Frank Warren paid him £5m in his highly-anticipated comeback fight to face the Albanian veteran.
His opponent lasted just four rounds before retiring on his stool, as he announced himself back on the world stage.
But it was a kiss in the ring as the two touched gloves that stole the headlines as Fury showed he’s a lover as well as a fighter.
3. Francesco Pianeta, August 2018 – £5m
The hulking heavyweight also said he was paid a further £5m to face the former European champion.
In a tweet sent to Eddie Hearn in October, he said: “Frank Warren paid me 5 mill for each of my last fights! Why do you think I signed with frank. AKA THE MAGIC MAN.”
But he couldn’t force a stoppage win against the Italian, as he had to settle for a wide points win as boos rang around Windsor Park after the final bell.
4. Deontay Wilder, December 2018 – £7m
Picking up his biggest pay cheque to date, Fury dazzled at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as he was cruelly on the wrong end of the decision.
Despite being dropped twice by the American – as he somehow climbed off the canvas in the 12th round – the majority thought he had done enough to snatch the win.
But judges awarded a split decision draw, with the WBC subsequently ordering a rematch to happen next.
Deontay Wilder, May 2018* – £20m
The unbeaten boxers will once again risk it all in America with New York’s Barclay Center the likely destination.
Speaking recently on his donation to charity, he said: “I did give away my last purse but I don’t do charity work for a pat on the back.
“I do it to help people but I do not want praise for it, I don’t want to be called a do gooder.”
And he could give generously yet again as he picks up his highest pay out to date.