Just 8,000 tickets have been sold for the title clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on December 1 in Los Angeles.
“They’ve only sold 8,000 tickets in a 19,000 arena,” promoter Eddie Hearn told BoxingScene.com. Hearn, of course, promotes rival champion Anthony Joshua and has been arguing Wilder and Fury don't have nearly enough juice to demand comparable purse sums to Joshua in the event Wilder or Fury should face AJ soon.
“They haven’t even opened the top tier. That’s how big their drawing power is," Hearn added.
Hearn also stated Wilder vs Fury would have to generate at least one million PPV buys to attain any semblance of negotiation leverage in dealings for a hypothetical fight with Joshua.
Should Joshua vs Wilder happen today, Wilder wouldn't bring a lot to the table. Joshua, conversely, would have his massive fanbase in the UK to fall back on.
Apparently, ticket prices are very high and many of Fury's fans are staying home.
Why is this fight in LA, anyway? Given Tyson Fury is a big celebrity in the UK, this fight would generate a much higher paid attendance there. That stated, a Wilder or Fury win in LA would do more to boost that fighter's popularity in the US than would a win in the UK. And Wilder and Fury sorely need American mainstream coverage.