Joshua’s lucrative rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. is reportedly in doubt over a money dispute, according to talksport.com.
The Mexican-American shot to global fame by handing the Nigerian-born Brit his first professional loss on his U.S. debut two months ago.
On Friday, it was announced that a rematch had been scheduled to take place on December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia after investors stumped up a reported £33 million site fee to make the bout happen.
However, reports suggest Ruiz wants more than the £7.5 million he initially agreed to, with The Athletic reporting that the 29-year-old ‘isn’t expected to sign off on the rematch in Saudi Arabia unless he’s guaranteed a significantly higher purse’.
Before wrangling the WBA, WBO, and IBF world titles from Joshua in their Madison Square Garden bout, Ruiz agreed to a rematch clause, which means he could take home half of what the challenger does.
Despite the defeat, Joshua is thought to have made huge money for the first fight two months ago with 25-1 outsider Ruiz taking £5 million after being drafted in to replace drug cheat, Jarrell Miller.
If it goes ahead, the Middle East showdown in the winter is set to earn AJ another career-high payday.