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.
Per sources, #HolyfieldBelfort event totaled about 150k PPV buys between linear & digital platforms, which would make it a massive $ loser for Triller. At 150k it would gross about $7.5M from ppv, not remotely close to covering even the purses, not to mention rest of expenses.
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) September 16, 2021
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.
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.