Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Business of ESPN Vegas Card Follows a Familar Trend

By Jake Donovan

Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao once again did huge business at the box office last weekend, but not all events in town during fight week were blessed with the same Midas touch.

The HBO PPV attraction at the MGM Grand marked the last of three consecutive nights of boxing in Las Vegas. The first card of the boxing weekend took place on December 6 – two nights earlier – at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, with the televised portion of the evening airing live on ESPN2 in a special edition to its normal Friday Night series which runs from January to late August.

In the main event, Raymundo Beltran scored a well-earned 10-round decision over Ji-Hoon Kim. Both fighters were dropped in the opening round, but Beltran dominated the rest of the bout to cap a terrific bounce back year in a career largely spent as a gatekeeper.

The bout captivated viewers at home but underwhelmed at the ticket booth. The show generated $17,965 from 414 tickets sold. Another 854 patrons were granted entrance through means of complimentary tickets (comps) for a total of 1,268 in attendance, while 126 tickets went unsold.

Final gate receipts from the carried mirrored that of a similar Vegas fight week format offered by Top Rank in September.

Two nights before Sergio Martinez fended off a 12th round rally from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on HBO PPV, a special edition of ESPN2 boxing was staged at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Jessie Vargas defeated Aaron Martinez in the evening’s headliner, with the show producing a live gate of $16,513 from 424 tickets sold on the night, along with another 535 comps issued.

Vargas returned to the ring last weekend, outpointing Vito Gasparyan over 10 rounds in a bout which aired live on Azteca America (in select markets) from Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. Final attendance and gate figures have yet to be officially released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 12-11-2012

2 yrs bk there was some hope 4 Kim, who has turned in2 a standing punching bag to step over for wannab's...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Marcus Morrison: I F***ed Up, Will Be Back Better Andy Lee Tired of "Biased" Commentary During Sky Sports Cards Mikey Garcia Feels Golovkin Made Mistake By Going To PPV Wladimir Klitschko: Guns Are Cocked, I Look Forward To Shooting Hearn: Joshua-Haye is Dead, Haye Needs Bellew Rematch Marriaga Confident of Win: Oscar Valdez is Not Out of This World Golovkin's Coach Has NO Issue With Jacobs Missing IBF Weigh-In De La Hoya Cautions: Canelo Can Not Lose To a Countryman Ricardo Mayorga Ready For Action, Has One Eye on Margarito Klitschko Would Want Farewell Fight at Olimpiyskiy in Ukraine De La Hoya To Mayweather: Forget McGregor, Fight Canelo at 160 DeGale: I Can Fight Gennady Golovkin at 160, Andre Ward at 175 Photos: Barthelemy-Blanco, Hernandez-Davis - Official Weigh-in Katie Taylor Wants Women's Boxing To Have Three Minute Rounds Linares: I'd Love To Face Mikey Garcia in Las Vegas, LA, Anywhere Michael Devine Announces Retirement From Boxing Ohara Davies: Mayweather Advised TMT Boxers To Avoid Me Javier Fortuna Extends Pact With Sampson Boxing Hasim Rahman Jr. Pro Debut Pushed Back To April 14 Jean Pascal To Nick Diaz: You Coward, Don't Talk Sh*t - Fight Me! Lemieux vs. Reyes, Diaz vs. Avila Added To Canelo-Chavez Saunders To Golovkin: If You Have a Pair of Balls, Sign The Contract! Team GB Release Four Fighters: Bateson, Cameron, Marshall, Davies Hearn: Crolla Should Get at Least 1 Million For Flanagan Bout Porter Thinks Chavez Won't Be an Easy Fight For Canelo Lemieux May Land on Canelo-Chavez, Future Foe For Canelo? Okolie on Burns vs. Indongo: Great To Be On Another Big Bill Golden Boy's Diaz: I Felt Jacobs Beat Golovkin, Canelo Will Too! Jorge Linares vs. Anthony Crolla II: Post-Fight Report Card Langford: If No Golovkin Deal, Saunders Will Have To Face Me! Josh Taylor Impressed With Recent Win, Expects a Big Future Hearn: Eubank Contacted Me For Bellew Catch-Weight Fight! Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams: Jimmy Kilrain Kelly Breaks it Down Keenan Smith Tops Card in Atlantic City on April 22 Buster Douglas: Pacquiao Would Beat Mayweather, Maybe By KO Kyotara Fujimoto vs. Herman Ene-Purcell in Play For May Boxing's Pound For Pound Debate Is Tougher Than Ever Golovkin's Coach Fires Back at Kell Brook, Ingle Over Fight Claims Evander Holyfield vs. Lagos Politician - Exhibition Fight on May 25 Photos: Yvan Mendy Gets Win Before Near Empty Venue
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement