Fury Vs. Usyk PPV Numbers Receive A Mixed Reaction

The PPV numbers for Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Uysk have been revealed, receiving a mixed reaction.  

Usyk defeated Fury to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion by split decision. According to ESPN, the fight had a PPV revenue of over $50 million, selling 1.5 million PPVs. It was among the top-ten most-watched PPVs of all time, sitting between Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto (number nine at 1.5 million buys) and Mike Tyson vs Peter McNeeley (number eight at 1.55 million buys).

Most of the PPV buys came from the United Kingdom, where the PPV price was $32 compared to $69.99 in the US. The fight also drew in $40 million from sponsorships and $3 million-plus from ticket sales. The event cost a reported $120 million. However, it is alleged that $121 million of revenue was approximately lost due to illegal streams. The lack of US PPVs may have been due to the high price and the lack of successful marketing.

It fell way behind the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, which did 4.4 million PPV buys. While the fight generated a spectacle, it fell short of what was expected. But the pair will run things back on December 21. It is unclear if it will be for undisputed. Usyk is required to defend his belts against his IBF mandatory Daniel Dubois. While he has applied for an exemption, allowing him to keep the belt, he could still be stripped. 

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