The price point for Premier Boxing Champions’ next FOX Sports Pay-Per-View show is the same as it cost for fans to watch PBC’s most recent event on that platform.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the suggested retail price for the four-fight show headlined by heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius on October 15 is $74.99. The pay-per-view show in which former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz defeated Luis Ortiz by unanimous decision in the 12-round main event September 4 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles cost consumers the same amount as the Wilder-Helenius card.
Wilder is consistently listed as at least a 7-1 favorite to beat Helenius, but this bout is on pay-per-view because Wilder’s undisclosed seven-figure guarantee for his first fight in over a year is high enough that it would’ve been cost-prohibitive for FOX or Showtime to televise Wilder-Helenius live on either of those networks that have content contracts with Al Haymon’s PBC.
Each of the 36-year-old Wilder’s past three bouts and four of his past five fights have headlined pay-per-view shows. The 38-year-old Helenius has never been part of a pay-per-view main event in the United States.
The heavy-handed Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, hasn’t fought since rival Tyson Fury knocked him out in the 11th round of their third WBC championship match last October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Finland’s Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) last fought on that same night, when he stopped Brooklyn’s Adam Kownacki (20-3, 15 KOs) in the sixth round of their rematch on the Fury-Wilder undercard.
Three fights will compose the pay-per-view portion of the Wilder-Helenius undercard.
Former super middleweight champions Caleb Plant (21-1, 12 KOs), of Ashland City, Tennessee, and Anthony Dirrell (34-2-2, 25 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, are set to square off in the 12-round co-feature. Cuban heavyweight contender Frank Sanchez (20-0, 13 KOs) also will oppose Puerto Rico’s Carlos Negron (25-3, 20 KOs) in a 10-round Wilder-Helenius undercard clash on pay-per-view.
The opener of this four-fight telecast, which will begin at 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT, is a 12-round rematch between unbeaten bantamweight contender Gary Antonio Russell (19-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC) and former IBF 118-pound champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (20-2, 13 KOs, 1 NC). Their fight in August 2021 resulted in a no-contest because an accidental clash of heads caused a cut that prevented Puerto Rico’s Rodriguez from continuing early in the first round at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.