Each was promised $1 million, according to records given by the California State Athletic Association, which sanctioned the bout. The boxers are anticipated to split the pay-per-view money equally.
The fight was expected to be a sellout with fans paying anywhere from $75 to $300 per ticket. The number of tickets sold has not been made public.
Tyson and Hopkins both have lucrative boxing careers ahead of them. Tyson is looking to rebound from his first loss as he tries to become the only man to hold the titles at heavyweight, cruiserweight and junior middleweight. Hopkins needs one more victory to equal the record held by James Toney and Bernard Hopkins for most consecutive title defenses with 11.
Here's how their careers have played out:
Tyson Hopkins was born on January 4th, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He turned pro in 1995 and is currently based out of Las Vegas where he lives with his wife and two children. He holds American, European, and World championships in three different weight classes (heavyweight, cruiserweight, and junior middleweight).
He debuted at heavyweight in 1999 when he defeated Kevin McBride via technical knockout in the second round. His time at the top was short-lived though, as he lost to Buster Mathis Jr.
According to Tyson's Legends Only League, more than 1.6 million pay-per-view purchases were made on November 28 for $49.49 each. The fight is among the top ten combat sports events, with 1.6 million pay-per-view purchases. It earned $71.5 million in revenue.
The fight was a major success for ESPN, which paid $150 million for the rights to the fight. The network also received a one-time payment of $30 million when Tyson and Jones agreed to meet in the ring. In addition, ESPN will receive about $15 million if both men win their fights. If either man loses, then that amount is reduced by the same percentage.
Here are other estimates for what the fight cost:
$50-$100 million - Forbes
$70 million - Las Vegas Review-Journal
$75 million - Sports Illustrated
$80 million - The New York Times
$90 million - USA Today
$110 million - Wall Street Journal
$120 million - Zuffa, LLC (the company that owns UFC), according to CEO Lorenzo Fertitta
Some analysts believe the actual cost was higher.
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are anticipated to receive money through PPV sales, fight bonuses, endorsements, sponsorships, and other arrangements in addition to the site contract. According to rumors, both boxers might walk away with roughly $150 million apiece following the battle.
Fury is expected to earn between $6 and $10 million while Joshua will pocket between $100 and $150 million. The exact figures are unknown since the pair has yet to sign contracts with their camps. But given the estimated budgets of their camps, it's safe to assume they'll both make a lot of money.
For Fury, this is his second shot at the title. He was previously successful in retaining his belt against Klitschko in 2015. That victory earned him $3 million. His next fight was scheduled for one year later but he had to withdraw from the bout due to health issues. This time around, he promised to give Joshua a real fight instead of just playing defense. "If I don't do well this time, I'm not gonna do another rematch," Fury said. "I want to be considered one of the best heavyweights in the world."
As for Joshua, this is his first attempt at the title. He's been training hard for this opportunity since 2014 when he made his professional debut. In his first fight, he outclassed former champion Klitschko en route to a shutout decision win.