The new platform, lauded by boxing icon Mike Tyson before his comeback against Roy Jones Jr., has had incredibly successful viewership, and its owner has pushed plans for new events after a big payday.
Pay-per-view newbies Triller will turn the eagerly anticipated junk into a staggering $ 80 million, according to its owner, who has said more than 1.6 million purchases from Eager, more than the experienced showdown Attracted fans.
Owner Ryan Kavanaugh, who grappled with cynics who had questioned the value of novelty fights, said the showdown hit the two previous boxing bills well to top a million purchases – both between current greats Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin in 2017 and 2018.
“Though everyone wants it not to work, we pissed them off by changing things up and getting things going,” the businessman bragged about the boxing scene ahead of numerous events with aspiring fighters and musicians in 2021.
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Earlier this week, Kavanaugh announced that a new concept, “The Fight Club,” was being unveiled by rapper co-commentator Snoop Dogg, whose witty analysis was one of the unexpected highlights of Tyson’s return.
Kavanaugh added that skeptics would have no “gun in their heads” if they didn’t want to pay for “non-athletic competitions”.
Experts and athletes raised concerns about the safety of allowing novice boxers to compete in celebrity bouts, and raised additional concerns after former NBA star Nate Robinson was beaten for just over a round before being hit by Jake Paul on the undercard was brutally turned off.
The counter-argument, which positions the events as a way to attract new audiences and achieve considerable commercial success, has been emphatically underlined if Kavanaugh’s claims are correct.
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Tyson’s draw with former defending champion Jones may have made more purchases than his first bout against old rival Evander Holyfield in 1996, and a year later came close to the numbers for the infamous rematch that saw Tyson disqualified after getting in his opponent’s ear had bitten.
This was the most popular heavyweight fight of all time, with 1.99 million followers, though it didn’t match Floyd Mayweather’s record of 4.6 million sales for his 2015 win over Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather’s fight with ex-UFC champ Conor McGregor in 2017 hit 4.3 million purchases, but the most famous heavyweight meeting of 2020 between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder brought in fewer than 850,000 purchases.
Tyson is believed to have made $ 10 million from his first fight in more than 15 years, with Jones Jr. making around $ 3 million.
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