Contrary to earlier reports that the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou fight was a financial failure, the heavyweight boxing match sold almost half a million pay-per-views.
This was reported by prominent sports journalist Ariel Helwani, who called his colleague Dave Meltzer’s figures incomplete.
“The fight really didn’t break the one hundred thousand PPV bar in America, but that completely ignores the fact that it was broadcast on the TNT Sports Box Office platform in the UK, where Tyson is the biggest star,” the reporter said on another edition of The MMA Hour program. “Also ignored are sales in Canada and sales of the streaming platform DAZN, which broadcast the fight everywhere but the U.S., U.K. and Ireland. According to my information, the total figure to be announced is 400,000 pay-per-view broadcasts, and I’m sure it will be even higher”
The fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, which took place on October 28 in Riyadh, went all ten rounds and ended with the victory of “The Gypsy King” by split decision, with the reigning world boxing champion having to return to the fight after a knockdown in the third round.
In February next year Tyson Fury will try to win the world heavyweight boxing crown against Ukrainian Alexander Usik, and Francis Ngannou could share the ring with Britain’s Dereck Chisora as early as December.