Tyson Fury was supposed to be making a name for himself in America until he rematches Deontay Wilder next year, but not surprisingly most folks couldn’t give a damn about the obscure fights he’s in. Yes, Wallin proved to be a tougher test than most expected coming in, but Fury still managed to outpoint him with basically one eye to see with.
There was zero buzz before Fury-Wallin took place, and most of the buzz afterwards was only due to the fact that Fury suffered a big scare with a significant cut over his right eye that will require some serious time off to heal properly. And although we’re unlikely to get any real metrics from ESPN on how the fight performed on their subscription platform, we can probably make some inferences based upon figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission — which weren’t good.
WBN reports is reporting that NSAC had revealed that the live gate at the T-Mobile Arena for the fight sold only 3,577 actual tickets, which is just shy of 18% of the venue’s 20,000 capacity. 3,989 complimentary tickets were said to be handed out.
Bob Bennett of NSAC also confirmed that the gate pulled in a total of $999,722.50, which was less than Fury’s $1M purse guarantee alone.
I suppose it looks like if Fury really wants to build his brand in America, he’s not going to do it with the likes of most of his recent opposition. But who could’ve predicted that?!