Promoter Eddie Hearn has slammed down the reported pay-per-view numbers for the recent heavyweight collision between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury.
The contest, which took place on December 1 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, ended in a controversial twelve round split draw.
As BoxingScene.com previously reported, the fight is likely going to max out at 325,000 pay-per-view buys.
Hearn is trying to secure Wilder for high stakes unification with WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua, who is scheduled to fight again on April 13th at Wembley in London.
The very vocal promoter slammed the reported pay-per-view figures - stating that Dillian Whyte's recent pay-per-view with Dereck Chisora did a high buyrate.
“It's now easier to make the Wilder fight vs other circumstances,” said Hearn to The Independent.
“So if Wilder would have won devastatingly, he would have been a f****** nightmare. Everyone thought he lost so he drew and although his stock has gone up because he is well-known, it's not like he was this phenomenon.
“To do 300,000 buys is terrible, absolutely terrible. 300,000 is absolutely abysmal. Dillian Whyte against Joseph Parker did more than 300,000 buys in England. I mean we're talking about across the US. You can't say it's good. Canelo and Golovkin have just done 1.2 million and they're middleweights.”
But what Hearn neglects are the revenue figures.
Wilder-Fury, at a price range of $74.99, brought in $24.3 million in pay-per-view revenue. While Whyte-Parker, which retailed for a third of that price at £19.95, only brought in $8.1 million in revenue under the same buy number as Wilder-Fury.
And Hearn's comparison of Wilder-Fury to the recent buy figure of Canelo-Golovkin is completely irrelevant. Canelo and Golovkin are two of the biggest boxing names in the world - and certainly in the United States. Wilder was taking part in his first pay-per-view event and Fury was largely unknown in the United States. Canelo, in some of his early pay-per-view headliners where he was the A-side, generated buy numbers that were no better than Wilder-Fury. And Golovkin, in pay-per-view headliners against David Lemieux and Daniel Jacobs, did far less buys than Wilder-Fury.