World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury needed only one fight to settle his scores and rake in millions in 2021.
After years of whirlwind fights and personal turmoils, Morecambe legend Fury has seen off the year in his own style.
Despite having had a less active year fighting just once, one time was all that was needed to end the trilogy rival between himself and Deontay Wilder whom he defeated in spectacular fashion.
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More obstacles were thrown in the boxing champion’s way ahead of the final fight with Wilder, with the Gypsy King catching Covid. He was also at wife Paris’ hospital bedside after the birth of their sixth child Athena, who became seriously ill before making a full recovery.
This didn’t diminish Fury’s efforts who is expected to have netted £13million after his share of pay-per-view sales as he retained his heavyweight world title, the Mirror reports.
Although pay-per-view sales were just under 600,000x, the event still managed to grab the attention of many so much so that it has been later named by many as the Fight of The Year.
Looking ahead to this year, Tyson is not looking to take a step back but instead, he is looking to fight three-times in 2022 with one opportunity being a potentially lucrative showdown with fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua.
It is likely his year will now begin with a mandatory defence against Dillian Whyte which is also set to earn him another mega payday. The WBC have ordered the champion as having an 80% split of any purse against Whyte.
2021 saw the success of many boxers who also raked in their millions of the year.
Here is a list of the top 10 earning fighters of 2021:
10. Billy Joe Saunders – £5.7m
9. Dustin Poirier- £7.2m
8. Deontay Wilder- £8.2m
7. Tyson Fury- £13m
=5. Anthony Joshua – £15m
=5. Logan Paul – £15m
4. Jake Paul – £31m
3. Conor McGregor – £36.4m
2. Floyd Mayweather- £48.2m
1. Canelo Alvarez – £65.7m
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