Reigning WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has more concrete proof why he’s the biggest draw in the world of combat sports.
Based on the most recent ‘Highest-Paid Athletes’ list released by Forbes, Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) emerged as the biggest earner among boxing and MMA fighters from June 2019 to June 2020 with a total of $57 million in earnings, with $7 million of those coming from endorsements.
Fury ranked 11th overall in the list topped by tennis superstar Roger Federer, who finished ahead of football rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The 31-year-old Fury staked his claim as boxing’s undisputed king when he dominated American arch-rival, Deontay Wilder, with a seventh-round TKO victory in February in Las Vegas.
Coming at a distant second to Fury among boxers and MMA fighters is Conor McGregor who had $48 million in earnings – $16 million from endorsements – putting him at 16th overall.
Fury’s domestic heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua was ranked 19th, thanks to his $47 million in earnings – with $11 million from endorsements.
Wilder, the dethroned champion, came at 20th with $46.5 million in earnings, $500,000 of those from endorsements. Mexican fighter Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who was set to take on world champion Billy Joe Saunders earlier this month before the pandemic hit, was ranked 30th with $37M in earnings.