Per ESPN Ringside WBC World Heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury is the highest paid Fighter over the past year leading the top five. This included TV deals and endorsements.
Five combat sports stars from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020, cracked Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Fury, 30-0-1 (21), of the UK, ranked No. 11 with $57 million earnings over the past year. He scored wins in September of 2019 over previously unbeaten Sweden’s Otto Wallin, 20-0 (13) and then unbeaten WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 42-0-1 (41), in February.
Second on the list ranked No. 16 is MMA fighter Conor “Notorious” McGregor, 21-4 (18), of Dublin, IRE, with $48 million. The former UFC Lightweight champion known in boxing for his lone match with Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s 50th bout in 2017.
Third on the list ranked No. 19 WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua, 23-1 (21), of the UK had two bouts during the past year. First losing in June and re-gaining his titles in December with Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz, Jr.
Fourth on the list ranked No. 20 is former WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, AL, at $46.5 million. In November in a re-match he defeated Cuban Louis “King Kong” Ortiz before losing his title to Fury in February.
Fifth on the list ranked No. 30 is WBA Super World Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 53-1-2 (36), of Guadalajara, MEX, at $37 million. His lone fight was winning the WBO World Light Heavyweight title defeating champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, in November.