Anthony Joshua purse revealed for Franklin fight as he takes massive pay cut following Usyk defeat

Boxing fans were shocked to learn that Anthony Joshua will take a huge pay-cut for his upcoming fight against Jermaine Franklin after his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

The former heavyweight champion's purse for his April 17th fight at Wembley Arena has been revealed today with Joshua set to make £18million, a significant drop from his usual £25million per fight.

The news comes after Joshua lost his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world titles to Usyk in December, in what was widely regarded as a huge upset.

The 31-year-old will now take on the unbeaten Franklin in his first fight of 2021, with the American entering the bout with a record of 20-0.

Joshua has said he is looking forward to the fight and is confident he can get back to winning ways. He said: “It will be a great comeback fight for me. I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring and getting back to winning.”

The fight will be streamed exclusively on DAZN with the pay-per-view costing £19.95.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, said: “Anthony is looking to get back on the winning track with a very tough fight against a very talented opponent. Franklin is undefeated and he's looking to cause an upset. It's going to be an exciting fight.”

Joshua has previously shared the ring with the likes of Andy Ruiz Jr, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte.

The fight is sure to be an interesting one and fans will be eagerly awaiting the result.