Frank Warren Addresses Swirling Rumors of Poor Ticket Sales for Fury vs Wilder 3
The trilogy between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and former WBC titlist, Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), takes place on October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Originally scheduled for July 24, the fight was postponed after Fury and members of his camp tested positive for COVID-19 on July 6. The champ has since tested negative for the virus on July 13 and the fight is back on.
However, cynics on social media are questioning the legitimacy of Fury’s positive test. Many charge a reason the fight was rescheduled is because of poor ticket sales. This has been fueled by photos of the champ out in public at a Las Vegas car dealership and casino when he was expected to be under quarantine.
His co-promoter, Frank Warren sat down with iFL TV to talk about the fight. He revealed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has said $14 million in tickets has been sold. Warren also addressed the ongoing rumors about the lack of ticket sales.
“Why is Bob Arum going to lie about that? That’s what it sold. Remember, it was going to be the first big event in Vegas. A big boxing event.”
“So, there was big anticipation about it. All the hotels from what I understand were taking loads and loads of tickets, buying lots of tickets, booking tickets. So, who knows? Maybe we’ll be able to get some of the Brits to go now in October, so there will be even more then.
“Bob assured me that they sold fourteen million dollars worth. I spoke to Shelly Finkel [Wilder’s co-manager] on another matter, and he actually mentioned it because PBC is also the joint promoter in the event. They said themselves the tickets had sold for it.”
When asked about the photos of Fury, Warren is aware but has yet to speak to him about them. Therefore, he could not provide much insight on the matter. His bottom line is, the fight is going to happen in October, full-stop!
“The fact of the matter is doctors have tested him [Fury] positive for it. So I don’t know what they were. Next time, I’ll give you the heads up. That’s where we are. There’s nothing we can do about it. We just got to deal with the hand that you’ve got, and the hand that you’ve got is October.”
“That’s where it’s at.”
By: Michael Wilson Jr.