Anthony Joshua rejected a £ 10million offer from an anonymous promoter to leave Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn in 2015.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist was one of the most sought after products in British boxing when he decided to turn pro after his success in London as an amateur.
Since signing with Hearn, Joshua has dominated the heavyweight landscape and is a two-time world champion.
He will next face Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 in the final defense of his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.
If he gets past the tricky Ukrainian, the 32-year-old is destined to face Tyson Fury in what could be the very first four-belt heavyweight title unification fight in history.
Long before the bright lights of Wembley or Saudi Arabia, ‘AJ’ was a ruthless knockout artist determined to make his world title dreams come true and even had the opportunity to leave Hearn – who had taken him from amateurs. on the verge of a world title shot. in just three years.
Speak with Gary Neville on his showOverlapJoshua revealed that he rejected the offer because he “supported himself.”
“It really depends on your market value,” Joshua said when asked where the money in a fighter’s contract is going.
“I could just offer you a fee, so it’s not like I own you, but I could buy your image rights and say I want to buy the rights to all of your future income.”
“So you can go to any Tom, Dick or Harry or any network, and I’ll always own a little piece of you and I’ve been offered that twice in my amateur career.”
“There was a guy who was always in the amateur gym and then one day when I was in court one day over a legal issue someone came to me with a £ 250,000 contract.
“I was like ‘where’s that pen?’ But I love documentaries and had studied a lot of horror stories so I stepped aside.
“Then I was offered £ 10million to have someone sign me, probably around 2015, but no it wasn’t tempting, I said no right away because I just supported myself . “
Joshua won his first world title in 2016 when he knocked out outranked Charles Martin in just two rounds at 02 Arena in London.
This means that the offer arrived at some point in the months leading up to that date – any time between its 11e and 15e fighting – and is now one of the most marketable athletes in the world of sports.
“If you bring a lot to the table, you may find yourself able to strike a trade deal where we take the risk together,” Joshua said of his fighter-promoter relationship.
“Eddie and I take risks together… He’s a great player but he understands my worth, and I understand his worth, it honestly depends on your worth and your negotiating skills.
“It also depends on what Eddie expects from the relationship; by signing me, he could sign 100 other athletes.