by David P. Greisman
A pair of boxing cards promoted by Top Rank in Las Vegas earlier this month sold a combined 1,232 tickets for a combined gate of $45,115, according to figures provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The Aug. 3 card at the Texas Station casino — which aired on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” and featured Mercito Gesta vs. Ty Barnett in the main event — sold 579 tickets for a gate of $20,920, for an average of $36.13 per ticket sold.
Another 408 tickets were given away for free, while 152 tickets went unsold.
The fighters on the Aug. 3 card had a combined $64,500 in purses reported to the state athletic commission.
The Aug. 4 card, also at Texas Station — which aired on Telefutura and featured Diego Magdaleno vs. Antonio Davis in the main event, plus Mike Lee and Jose Benavidez in separate bouts on the undercard — sold 653 tickets for a gate of $24,195, for an average of $37.05 per ticket sold.
Another 517 tickets were given away for free — bringing the total for free tickets given away for the two cards to 925 — while 54 tickets for the Saturday card went unsold.
The fighters on the Aug. 4 card had a combined $71,200 in purses reported to the state athletic commission.
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