The World Has a New Heavyweight Kingpin
It’s Tyson Fury, who walked away from Las Vegas with the priceless tag of best heavyweight on the planet after a seventh-round knockout victory over Deontay Wilder.
But how much money did each fighter earn for their in-the-ring efforts in Sin City? We’ve broken down the numbers for this heavyweight showdown and outlined the financial aspects of the fight.
With the pair’s first fight back in December 2018 ending in a controversial split draw, fans worldwide were instantly eager for the rematch.
But, as is the current state of the sport, everyone was made to wait for over a year before Wilder and Fury traded leather once again on American soil. It was worth the delay for each man’s pocket, though.
After a lucrative first fight in Los Angeles, the two men enjoyed an even more prosperous night under the lights in Las Vegas, based on their reported guaranteed purses. Both men earned a remarkable $20,834 per second, while breaking the million-dollar mark per minute as well.
If the bout took place across a 40-hour working week, the pair would’ve pocketed an incredible $3,000,000,000, with their hourly rate working out at $75,000,000. Not too shabby!
This makes it no surprise that Wilder was willing to fork out a massive $40,000 on his extravagant ring walk outfit!
Wilder and Fury reportedly took home a guaranteed $25,000,000 apiece for their seven-round clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
If you break this down per punch, the new heavyweight champion earned $93,633 for every shot he threw at Wilder over 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the dethroned American secured $177,305 for every punch he attempted in his first professional career defeat.
“The Gypsy King” was tagged on 34 occasions across proceedings, while Wilder took 82 punches from the new title-holder before his corner threw in the towel. That means Wilder earned $304,878 for each shot he was hit with.
While Wilder and Fury went toe-to-toe for a second time in their careers, fans took to social media to engage with the heavyweight giants on their platforms.
Both fighters saw a significant rise in their Instagram followers across the course of their highly anticipated rematch in Nevada.
Each heavyweight slugger kept their followers up-to-date ahead of the showdown, using their profiles to further enhance their potential gains online and help promote the long-awaited clash.
Wilder mainly used his Instagram and legions of followers to promote the fight itself beforehand, which in turn would see him profit more money overall from the bout. Fury also utilized sponsored brands such as Wow Hydrate protein water and Marbella.co.uk.
Throughout the duration of the actual contest, Fury saw a rise of 400,000 on Instagram and 105,788 on Twitter. Wilder, despite coming up short for the first time, gained 200,000 and 28,762 on Instagram and Twitter, respectively.
Wilder and Fury first met at the end of 2018 when they went 12 rounds and settled for a stalemate at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The scorecards from that initial encounter were 115–111 for Wilder, 114–112 for Fury (which was incorrectly announced as 114–110), and 113–113, resulting in a split draw.
Despite the disappointing outcome, the two men still came away with sizeable earnings for their efforts across the 12-round distance.
But, after both building their records and enhancing their respective reputations across the United States, the fighters gathered even further income for the rematch.
Wilder was assured of $4 million the first time around, with Fury seeing an income of $3 million. Both were guaranteed at least $25 million in this follow-up encounter, before even getting their 50-50 split of the PPV on top.
New Division King Crowned
A new leading light in the heavyweight division has now been crowned, with “The Gypsy King” now the WBC Champion and the possessor of the coveted lineal and Ring Magazine titles.
There are more millions to be made in the near future as well for Fury. A desired undisputed showdown with fellow champion, Anthony Joshua, would bring mammoth payday, particularly if the bout goes to Saudi Arabia as Eddie Hearn has previously claimed.
While the PPV split for this rematch was reportedly 50-50, Bob Arum stated beforehand that the eventual victor would earn a 60-40 split in their favor for a Wilder-Fury trilogy bout.
In light of such a dominant performance from Fury in Las Vegas, there will be no need for any third installment of this rivalry, and an epic battle for all of the titles against Joshua looks more likely.