Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort Pay-Per-View Buys Not ‘Remotely Close’ To Covering Purses

What tanked in interest also tanked in pay-per-view buys.

Triller Fight Club hosted the “Legends II” pay-per-view event, headlining aged-boxing legend Evander Holyfield and former UFC champion Vitor Belfort last Saturday. The PPV buys for the event couldn’t even cover the expenses Triller spent to pay Holyfield and Belfort to appear on the card.

Unlike the Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr matchup – which crushed PPV records for an exhibition fight – Holyfield-Belfort only totaled 150,000 PPV buys. Holyfield was the late replacement for Oscar De La Hoya who had to withdraw last minute due to contracting Covid-19.

Holyfield reportedly got paid between $4 to $5 million to appear. But other numbers show the professional boxer received $500,000 for his purse and his MMA opponent got $400,000 for his.

Still, the buys aren’t able to cover the event’s expenses. The fight was also commentated by former President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr.

Belfort scored a technical knock out of Holyfield just 109 seconds into the fight. The referee stopped it from going any further, despite Holyfield protesting.

Triller reportedly said they’re avoiding staging any similar events.

Fans voiced their concerns of Holyfield’s participation after video showed him training for the fight and making his age apparent. The fight also got moved to Florida after California refused to sanction the fight.

Holyfield was banned from fighting by the New York State Athletic Commission in 2005 due to health concerns.

The near 59-year-old boxer has since been suspended for 30 days on medical grounds.

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