Eddie Hearn has claimed that Tyson Fury’s latest WBC title defence against Derek Chisora did modest numbers on BT Sport Box Office.
It seems that since a domestic dust up between Fury and Joshua can’t be made, people involved are reduced to comparing resumes and pulling power.
Hearn took heat from Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, recently for his claims that Joshua has the better opponents on his CV, and has now doubled down by insinuating that his man is a bigger draw than the WBC heavyweight champion.
When asked who had the most star power between Fury and ‘AJ’, Hearn told IFL TV how he sees it.
“People watching this will say ‘come on Eddie’ but I know the numbers.
At the end of the day, Tyson Fury against Derek Chisora did less than 300,000 on pay-per-view, right? AJ could fight you and do 500,000 buys on pay-per-view.
But, look, maybe – he’s [Fury] got a fight coming up, we’ll see how that does.”
Despite backlash from fans when the fight was announced, Fury versus Chisora ended up selling 60,000 tickets and filling the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However, should Hearn’s broadcast numbers of less than 300,000 be correct, it wouldn’t be a great result for the promotion.
The BT Sport Box Office card could be purchased for £26.95 – another point of contention for fans in a cost of living crisis, considering it was a career-high price point for Fury and one of the highest the UK has seen in general.
Although most in the sport do like to be kept in the loop about the business side of things, specifically pay-per-view buys, there’s often no definitive numbers released and the debate boils down to who you choose to believe.
Still, it’s highly likely that Warren will have something to say in response.