Frank Warren has claimed that the pay-per-view numbers for Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora reported by Eddie Hearn were false.
The event saw 60,000 fans descend on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in winter to watch Fury defend his WBC title against a brave but poorly matched Chisora.
Referee Victor Loughlin waved off the fight in the tenth after a one-sided beat down from near enough the first bell.
There was much talk – and outrage – about the record high pay-per-view price of £26.95, and rival promoter, Hearn, has since claimed that less than 300,000 punters paid to watch.
Speaking to Seconds Out, Warren said that was untrue and took a swipe at Hearn’s broadcast move from Sky Sports to streaming platform, DAZN.
“As you know, one of our rivals keeps on banging on about what numbers we’ve done. I don’t know where he gets the numbers from but I’ll tell you this – we did far more than buys than they’ve got subscribers on dead zone [DAZN.]”
“We done well. It delivered what it needed to and we’re all happy about where we are. More importantly it set us up now for where we need to be next year with these big fights for Tyson and the other heavyweights in our stable.
It’s important to get rid of the mandatory, and it was important that he had a runout before this fight. We’ve got a big fight coming up in March.”
When pushed on a number, the Queensberry promoter and longtime Fury associate said that the event sold ‘over half a million.’
The back and forth comes amidst an ongoing argument in the sport concerning fighters’ star power and ability to sell out. Hearn remains adamant that his charge, Anthony Joshua, is more of a draw than the world champion.
Fury’s team, though, are more concerned with legacy just now as they move towards an undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk early next year.