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Only 348 Tickets Sold to Don King’s 4/12 Card in Vegas

by David P. Greisman

An April 12 card put on in Las Vegas by Don King Productions sold just 348 tickets and actually had more than that (413 tickets) given away for free, according to figures provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The five-fight card — held at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, and with two of those bouts aired on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” — pulled in a total gate of $34,800. That is an average of $100 per ticket sold, which makes sense, given that all of the tickets for the event were $100 each.

Zero tickets went unsold.

The “ShoBox” broadcast featured a main event in which late replacement Bahodir Mamadjonov scored a ninth-round stoppage of fellow lightweight Angelo Santana. Mamadjonov improved to 13-1 with 9 knockouts, while Santana suffered his first defeat and is now 14-1 with 11 knockouts.

In the co-feature, junior welterweight Amir Imam won by second-round technical knockout over Jeremy Bryan. Imam is now 9-0 with 8 knockouts, while Bryan is 16-3 with 7 knockouts.

UPDATE: A person associated with the event tells BoxingScene.com that the casino paid a site fee of $100,000 for a show that catered to its high rollers, who would receive free tickets. The card also received a license fee from Showtime for the "ShoBox" broadcast.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by OnePunch on 05-08-2013

[QUOTE=Mr. David;13342042]I've also been staying busy. Who are you working with these days? Oh, and I'm told the casino paid a license fee of 100k, was catering to the high rollers.[/QUOTE] 100k seems quite steep for a Shobox date, but…

Comment by ИATAS on 05-08-2013

Hopkins devoured King's soul.

Comment by Mr. David on 05-08-2013

[QUOTE=OnePunch;13335992]My guess would be somewhere between 30k and 50k for a ShoBox date. Treasure Island was basically buying themselves a 2 hour commercial for their casino on Showtime, and probably didnt care whether they sold the tickets or comped them.…

Comment by OnePunch on 05-07-2013

[QUOTE=MASTER1454;13338109]He should - he's down from 100 employees to anywhere from 25 or 6 depending who you talk to....... [url]http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2013-03-14/news/don-king-ryan-coyne-lawsuit-boxing/full/[/url][/QUOTE] more like 3 or 4.......

Comment by Ringlife on 05-07-2013

King was the man and had great boxing cards but he needs to call it a day now and retire.

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