Anthony Joshua guaranteed to earn £46m for Andy Ruiz rematch in Saudi Arabia

Anthony Joshua is set to pocket the biggest pay day in British boxing history this week.

Starsport understands the Watford warrior is guaranteed around £46m ($60m) for his rematch with WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jnr in Saudi Arabia.

That figure is more than double the previous high of Ricky Hatton’s £20m purse for his 2007 clash with Floyd Mayweather.

Joshua, 30, will see his career earnings soar over the £100m mark this week thanks to the record deal.

The figure will be further increased by revenue from Sky Sports Box Office with punters ready to cough up £24.95 to watch the blockbuster rematch.

The British star’s previous biggest pay day was the £18m he earned for the first fight with Ruiz Jnr when he suffered his first career defeat.

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But that loss has not hurt his earning power after a whopping offer from the Saudi government to bring him to Riyadh.

Ruiz Jnr will earn just over £10m for the rematch after angling for more money with his initial hesitation to travel to the Middle East.

The Mexican-American pocketed around £5m for the first fight in New York after replacing Jarrell Miller at late notice.

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Huge underdog Ruiz Jnr then ripped up the script by stopping Joshua in the seventh round which set up this mega rematch.

The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ is to be staged at a newly-built outdoor arena in Diriyah as part of over a month of huge concerts and sporting events here.

Formula E had a grand prix last week, tennis is coming later this month while Saudi has also secured the Spanish Super Cup in January.

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It is all part of the plan to bring more and more major sporting events to these parts.

There will be a five-stage cycling tour here in February as well as the inaugural Saudi Cup in horse racing while talks continue about bringing Formula 1 to the country.

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