Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders Fight Purse: How Much Money Did Both Boxers Earn?

Published 05/09/2021, 6:48 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders unveiled a blockbuster night of boxing for fans all over the world. Going till the eighth round of a possible 12, both men had their significant moments inside the ring.

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However, Alvarez had the last laugh by forcing Saunders to quit in his corner. The P4P king had hit his Brit rival with some brutal shots to injure his right eye, eventually claiming a finish. However, victory isn’t the only alluring factor for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

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The 30-year-old has blessed himself with a lucrative paycheck. Saul has once again added millions to his net worth. Also, Saunders, who suffered the maiden loss of his career, has reportedly bagged the biggest payday of his boxing career. Here’s a look at how much money they made.

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It’s hard to picture the exact numbers since different websites have claimed different digits. However, the fight share and PPV share seem to have accounted for a vast amount. Sportekz.com has come up with a seemingly clear number.

Per reports, Canelo Alvarez has received a guaranteed $15 million guaranteed pay-out with a 60% PPV share. Meanwhile, Billy Joe Saunders appears to have received a $2.5 million guaranteed pay-out with a 40% PPV share.

However, bonuses and sponsorships might have accumulated around $35 million for Alvarez and at least $5 million for Saunders. So, it has been a profitable night for both men. But what’s next for their boxing career?

Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders- What’s waiting?

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WBC, WBO, WBA, and Ring super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez wants to become undisputed. Hence, a fight against IBF champion Caleb Plant is what’s next for him.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, two-division champion Billy Joe Saunders will try to return to the win column. He is 30-1 now and apparently won’t receive an immediate title shot. While Alvarez and Plant fight for the ultimate unification, Saunders can opt for a non-title fight to remain active. He is a legitimate elite boxer and can regain his lost throne in the future.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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