Despite the loud signage and exciting content, the boxing match between former UFC heavyweight titleholder, Francis Ngannou, and current WBC world boxing champion, Tyson Fury, was a financially failed event.
According to renowned sports insider Dave Meltzer, the bout, which took place last weekend in Riyadh, sold about ten thousand pay-per-views.
“I’ll get the exact numbers tomorrow, but they were terrible,” the reporter told Observer Radio. “Probably around ten thousand. I’ll give you the exact numbers tomorrow, but they don’t compare to the Canelo fight or even the Diaz-Paul fight.”
While the figure announced does seem insignificant, it’s worth noting that the organizers in Saudi Arabia, who put on a great show, hardly went out of their way to make money from the fight, so the disappointing PPV sales obviously won’t affect their future plans, which include an absolute world boxing title fight between Tyson Fury and Alexander Usik scheduled for February and Francis Ngannou’s return to the ring.
Recall that the boxing match between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou went the full distance and ended with the victory of the “Gypsy King” by split decision, with the Briton having to return to the fight after a knockdown in the third round.