Pay-per-view figures for Tyson Fury’s epic victory against Deontay Wilder ‘fall short of last year’s rematch… with trilogy fight also missing out on pre-fight target of 600,000 sales’
- Tyson Fury defended his WBC title in Las Vegas against Deontay Wilder
- The Gypsy King beat the Bronze Bomber thanks to an 11th-round stoppage
- But that was the end of a thriller that saw Fury knocked to the canvas twice
- However, reports suggest the viewing figures are comparatively disappointing
Tyson Fury’s trilogy bout victory against Deontay Wilder reportedly fell short of the pay-per-view figures of their rematch last year.
The Gypsy King defended his WBC title in Las Vegas last weekend, beating the Bronze Bomber via an 11th-round stoppage at the T-Mobile Arena.
But that was the end of a thrilling fight that saw Fury knocked to the canvas twice too in the fourth round, in between Wilder’s falls in the third and 10th rounds.
Tyson Fury’s trilogy bout victory against Deontay Wilder reportedly fell short of the pay-per-view figures of their rematch
The Gypsy King defended his WBC title in Las Vegas last weekend, beating the Bronze Bomber
However, unlike the fight itself, Yahoo Sports via The Mirror are reporting the pay-per-view sales have disappointed after failing to reach the pre-bout target of 600,000 sales.
The number therefore also fails to match the 850,000 buys that were made for the rematch in February last year, which saw Fury claim his current belt for the first time.
But the fight still earned double the sales of the duo’s first heavyweight showdown in December 2018, with Eddie Hearn labelling the 300,000 pay-per-views as ‘absymal’ after it was broadcast on Showtime Sports in the US and BT Sport in the UK.
The report claims roughly half of the sales from the trilogy fight came from overseas, while a significant number of them are also expected to come from the UK on BT Sport Box Office.
Sportsmail has contacted BT Sport Box Office for comment.
However, the reported setback with regards to the viewing figures will not have any effect on what the two fighters will pocket from the fight, with Fury – according to the same outlet – set to receive as much as £18million following his victory.
But the pay-per-view sales have disappointed after failing to reach the pre-bout target of 600,000
But his US promoter Bob Arum has already set his sights on when Fury will enter the ring again, marking spring next year as his possible return date.
‘Joshua and Usyk, I think they’re going to wait until April 4,’ Arum told FightHub.
‘I think Fury will fight again in March or April. Then we can look to a September or October match for a unification.’
Those quotes however seemed to somewhat contradict Fury’s comments earlier in the week, when he said he is not sure whether he ‘needs to fight anymore’.
Fury – who was handed a 45-day medical suspension after his punishing encounter against Wilder – told the Telegraph: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve got one fight left on my contract with Top Rank and ESPN and we’ll see what that is.
It also fails to match the 850,000 buys that were made for the rematch in February last year
‘But I’m not thinking about boxing right now. I don’t know how many fights I’ve got left. I don’t know if I need to fight anymore. I don’t know what the future holds.
‘I am motivated to get up in the morning do a little bit of training, and enjoy my day. I don’t have any goals in boxing, I have done everything and won everything, the only one to do it in my era.
‘I will always have been the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, Ring magazine champion, that will not evaporate in history, but once it is done, it is done and you cannot get it back.
‘Once you are done, it doesn’t matter how many belts you have, who you beat, what your record is. You are just another bare bum in the shower and I have always had that opinion.’
Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum (right) has claimed he will return to the ring in spring next year
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