Ryan Garcia Worries High Ticket Costs Affecting Devin Haney Fight Attendance

Ryan Garcia feels the high ticket prices are harming the gate for the Devin Haney fight. 

Garcia chases his first world title as Haney defends his WBC Junior Welterweight Belt. While the fight is mentioned as one of the biggest this year, the reality suggests otherwise. With under a week left for the fight, the seats for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, are struggling to sell. Ringside seats are reportedly up to $8,000. The cheapest seat on Ticketmaster is reported to be $174.75. Garcia is on record saying the ticket prices are too high. 

“I think, personally, the prices were very high and I want everybody to be in the building. I don’t think a lot of Americans can afford $500, $300 tickets for the top row,” Garcia said 

Several reasons have been put forward for the lack of interest. Neither fighter has a connection to the East Coast. Garcia is from Southern California (Victorville), while Haney splits his time between Oakland, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia wanted the fight in Vegas, but no venues were available. 

Boxing fans also have other PPVs available. Canelo Alvarez vs. Jaime Munguia takes place on Cinco De Mayo on May 4. Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk follows on May 18 for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship. Those fights are arguably bigger and will draw in more viewers. 

Garcia’s pre-fight antics have also not helped. He has admitted to smoking weed and drinking, raising suggestions it won’t be a competitive fight. His preoccupation with social media is seen as a further distraction. Haney is also not the biggest draw, with his last fight against Regis Prograis reportedly selling 50,000 PPVs.

Garcia has shown he can do big numbers, selling over 1.2 million PPVs for the Gervonta Davis fight. However, there are questions over how much of that was down to Garcia. DAZN has responded by cutting the PPV price from $80 to $69 to drum up interest. But Garcia blamed Haney’s lack of star power. 

“Devin Haney is not a draw – and I have been definitely carrying this promotion on my back – by myself. Nobody wants to watch a guy that supposedly can’t crack an egg,” Garcia added

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