Mike Tyson is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and was involved in some of the biggest bouts of the 1980s and ’90s.
But his fortune is dwarfed by that of British fighter Amir Khan, despite not being quite so internationally revered as ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’.
That’s not to say Khan’s career hasn’t been extraordinary – after all, ‘King Khan’ is a former unified light-welterweight champion and has been involved in some huge fights.
Perhaps his most high-profile opponent was Saul Alvarez in 2016, when he jumped up to catchweight and acquitted himself well in a tight battle until Canelo landed a knockout blow in the sixth round.
His meeting with Kell Brook tonight is no doubt the most anticipated of them all, as they will finally settle a long-running rivalry with a fight which perhaps should have come years ago.
But it’s not just his efforts in the ring which have earned Khan a heap of cash – he is also a shrewd businessman and has made numerous appearances on reality TV shows.
When he appeared as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2017, it was reported that he had commanded a higher fee for entering the jungle than any previous contestant in history.
Over the years he has also used his profile to launch his own promotion company, a boxing academy, become co-owner of an MMA promotion in India and the Super Boxing League.
Khan is also known for his philanthropic work, having founded his own charity the Amir Khan Foundation, which has worked on campaigns including providing clean water in Asia and Africa, supporting orphans and providing aid of refugees.
16 years after this photo was taken, Amir Khan’s net worth is much greater than Mike Tyson’s (Image: PA)
All his work inside and outside the ring has seen the Briton accrue an impressive net worth of around £30m, despite not having boxed professionally since July 2019.
Incredibly, that puts his fortune at around four times higher than that of Mike Tyson, who’s estimated net worth is believed to be around the £7.5m mark.
Adjusted for inflation, the huge boxing bouts ‘Iron Mike’ took part in during his heyday earned him more than £500m.
However, Tyson lost the entirety of his fortune through a mixture of funding his own career and some unwise spending habits, and filed for bankruptcy in 2003.
He was said to be around £17m in debt at that time, but since being declared bankrupt he has begun to build up his fortune again and is now back in the boxing world through his Legends Only League.
It was under that banner that his 2020 exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr was held, with more exhibitions likely in the future.
Meanwhile, Khan’s future in boxing is unclear as he heads into this long-awaited grudge fight with rival Brook.
In an Instagram post in January he suggested that this would be the last bout of his professional career, writing: “People ask me what I’m doing after this fight. I’m done, man.”
But during an appearance on BBC Breakfast earlier this week, he went back on that statement and said he would continue to fight regardless of the result.
“I feel better at 35 than I was at 25, believe it or not,” Khan said. “I feel so strong, so fresh. I’ve got that love back for the sport again.
“Training with the new team in Nebraska, they’ve brought the love back for me. I’m really excited to see what the future holds.”