More good news has come from the Terence Crawford-Errol Spence undisputed championship clash. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
BoxingScene.com has learned that the July 29 Showtime Pay-Per-View event has sold at least 650,000 units, with final projections expected to land just shy of 700,000 domestically. The figure places expected domestic PPV revenue north of $55,000,000 in addition to a live gate of more than $21,000,000 in ticket sales from an announced crowd of 19,990 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Both figures are good for the second-best result for any U.S. based boxing event in 2023. Only the Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia superfight did bigger business on the year. Their April 22 event also took place at T-Mobile Arena and produced an estimated $22.8 million in ticket sales and more than $100,000,000 in PPV revenue from a reported 1.2 million units sold.
Crawford-Spence and Davis-Garcia were both presented by Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime, whose representatives did not respond to an inquiry by Boxing Scene seeking confirmation on the above figures.
The figures are by far the highest gate produced by either boxer, and the second largest box-office haul among all boxing events in 2023.
Saturday’s main event saw Crawford (40-0, 31KOs) become the first male boxer in the four-belt era to claim undisputed championship status in two weight divisions following his ninth-round stoppage of Spence. The lone knock on his incredible career was his ability to anchor a big event.
The unbeaten switch-hitter from Omaha, Nebraska has always produced favorable TV ratings and sold-out crowds in his hometown. This past weekend—which provided closure in a bout he chased for roughly five years—provided a legacy defining win and figures to greatly improve his marketability moving forward.
Spence (28-1, 22KOs) developed as a huge gate attraction at home in the greater Dallas region and a reliable PPV draw but still needed Crawford to reach this level. The 33-year-old southpaw surpassed $5,000,000 in ticket sales in his tenth-round knockout of Yordenis Ugas to win the WBA welterweight title and defend his WBC and IBF belts last April 16 at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
The same venue hosted Spence’s twelve-round points win over former two-division titlist Danny Garcia. Their December 2020 title fight came during the pandemic and social distancing but still generated $2,615,075 from 14,508 tickets sold.
Crawford was previously never a part of a PPV event that surpassed 200,000 buys or which produced the type of financial windfall that will come from by far the biggest win of his career. The one-sided nature of his win saw Crawford stake his claim as the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and fully unify all four major titles along with the lineal championship in the welterweight division.
Spence headlined his fifth consecutive PPV event, albeit as he suffered his first defeat. The 2012 U.S. entered as the unified WBC/WBA/IBF welterweight titlist, but was battered and dropped three times before referee Harvey Dock waved off the contest in the ninth round.
Showtime will offer an exclusive rebroadcast of the main event on its linear network, which will premier Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The replay will be immediately followed by ‘ALL ACCESS: SPENCE-CRAWFORD EPILOGUE.’
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox