One of the biggest things in boxing is the revenue an entity can get from a fight night. The bigger the talent, the more the reward will be. With no fans in the arena to watch it, however, is there a need to put on these fights right away?
Top Rank’s Bob Arum has been answering that question over the last few weeks. It was recently announced that Top Rank is hoping to put on events in June. He previously stated that big fights, like a trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, would be nearly impossible.
“That’s a “wait-and-see”, that fight, I have to be honest,” Arum stated to EPSN, via Boxing Scene. “First of all, the immediate problem is that Fury is in England. There’s a travel ban. How do we get Fury over here, assuming we’re going to do the fight in the United States?
“If you say, ‘Well maybe you do it in the UK’, well, there’s a travel ban in the [United Kingdom]. So how do you get Wilder to the UK? So, that’s a problem.”
Fury beat Wilder in a February rematch that saw him decimate the latter. As a result, he became the WBC Heavyweight Champion. Tentative plans have them scheduled for a trilogy bout in November or December. Right now, Fury is in England due to the quarantine and travel restrictions. So is Anthony Joshua, and there are rumors of a bout between the two taking place. That would also have to be without fans.
Arum has been adamant that fighters from bouts that were previously postponed can be on the four-fight event cards he has planned. However, a fight that produced a $17 million gate and $60 million PPV sales needs the attention Arum believes it deserves.
“You have to do that fight with a live gate,” Arum went on to say. “The live gate for the last fight, the second fight, the February fight took in $17 million. That was a significant portion of the revenue, that went towards paying the fighters, paying the cost and stuff like that. How do you replace that? The answer is that you can’t.”
Arum brought up the notion that PPVs require people to buy the event. With a limited amount of people that can meet up due to social distancing, will they end up getting the same results?
Is it possible for Wilder-Fury III to go on without fans?