by David P. Greisman
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has corrected the figures it released earlier this week regarding the Sept. 8 card featuring a main event of Lucas Matthysse vs. Olusegun Ajose.
That card sold just 377 tickets, not the 2,439 originally reported to members of the media. That latter amount had actually been the number of tickets printed, according to Keith Kizer, the commission’s executive director.
And the total gate from those 377 tickets was $65,675, not the $209,175 that had initially been reported to the media.
There were 810 tickets given away for free. Another 1,336 tickets went unsold.
The five-fight card was held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and broadcast on Showtime. It initially was to have been headlined by Randall Bailey vs. Devon Alexander, but Bailey suffered an injury in training camp. That put the Matthysse-Ajose interim junior-welterweight title bout in the main event.
Matthysse topped Ajose, winning by 10th-round technical knockout. The victory brought his record to 32-2 with 30 knockouts and 1 no contest, while Ajose suffered his first defeat and fell to 30-1 with 14 knockouts.
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