Hearn: Wilder-Fury Has Only Sold 8,000 Tickets
Promoter Eddie Hearn has long been the biggest skeptic of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury ever happening, but the bout will occur as a pay-per-view main event with the WBC Heavyweight Title on the line on Dec. 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Hearn has previously stated if the Wilder fight does well, then he would be willing to give a bigger cut to Wilder for an undisputed title fight with WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua is expected to defend his titles again at Wembley Stadium in London on April 13.
Hearn continues to state Joshua only wants to face Wilder — though Fury could get the shot as well with a win. However, many skeptics feel Hearn will end up pitting Joshua against Dillian Whyte if Whyte defeats Dereck Chisora on December 22.
Joshua has brought in more than 75,000 fans in each of his last four bouts — which includes fights at both Wembley and Principality Stadium in Wales. Neither Joshua or Wilder have headlined a fight in the U.S., so their drawing power will be tested.
And Hearn says from the looks of things thus far, he’s not impressed.
“They’ve only sold 8,000 tickets in a 19,000 arena. They haven’t even opened the top tier. That’s how big their drawing power is,” Hearn said. “We’ll see how the pay-per-view numbers do. If they’re big names, they’ll do a million buys.
I’ve said it before – if they do a million buys and show us that they are a draw. Then we have to accept that and we have to say, ‘No, fair play. You’re bringing a lot to the table.’ At the moment, all I’m seeing is empty seats in the Staples arena. And that’s not a good look with three weeks to go before the supposed biggest fight in the heavyweight division.
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