Tyson Fury challenged Francis Ngannou to make some ‘big boy money’ from a boxing fight
After WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury challenged Francis Ngannou to make some ‘big boy money’ from a boxing fight, research by Midnite has revealed the difference the former UFC heavyweight champ has earned in comparison to the influx of YouTubers who are trying their hand in the ring.
The results from the research is staggering, with some of the most popular influencers, who have little-to-no professional fighting experience, dwarfing the figures of a true icon of the sport.
Ngannou has earned £3.06m throughout his near decade-long career, fighting 20 times and winning 17 times – an average of £153,000 per fight. To put this figure into perspective, Tyson Fury earned £21m alone from his latest fight against Dereck Chisora.
YouTubers and social media influencers have also earned significantly more than Ngannou from professional fighting.
Since 2018, Jake Paul has boxed against Tyron Woodley, Anderson Silva, Ben Askren, Nate Robinson and other influencers. The 26-year-old has earned a reported £19.8m from seven fights in his professional career, over six times more than Ngannou.
It doesn’t stop there, famous pop star, YouTuber and co-owner of Prime Hydration, KSI, has earned £7.6m (over twice as much as Ngannou) from his boxing career, despite only fighting five times.
Bryce Hall and Austin McBroom, the main card for the TikTok vs YouTubers all-star fight, earned £4m and £3.2m respectively from their fight against each other.
Jake’s older brother, Logan Paul, has made over £3.1m from just two fights against his now business partner, KSI. Logan is now living his dream in WWE and earning around £12m from his three year contract.
Deji Olatunji, who is KSI’s younger brother, has fought and lost four times and one once in his boxing career, but his big-money fight against Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition match earned him £2.8m, nearly as much as Ngannou has earned in his whole career.
Below are some of the reported figures influencers and Ngannou have earned in their careers so far based on reported purse-winnings and sponsorships:
**Purse winnings of YouTubers and social media stars are taken from media reports
A Midnite spokesperson said: “The Ngannou vs Fury fight would be a great match, especially the pay-day that comes with it for the former UFC fighter.
“But obviously Fury will want to fight Usyk to be the undisputed heavyweight boxer in the world, if so, Ngannou should look towards influencer boxing so he can earn some serious cash.
“Ngannou will need to lose weight, but he could fight other influencers who are his height and build, such as Logan Paul who is six feet and one inch tall, or YouTuber JMX who is six feet and two inches tall and has a history in MMA.”