Mike Tyson vs Jones Jr exhibition fight got over 1.2m pay per view buys

Mike Tyson vs Jones Jr exhibition fight got over 1.2m pay per view buys

Mike Tyson finally returned to the boxing rings for the first time in 15 years in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr last month.

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The 54-year-old could not outshine his opponent in the eighth round bout as they settled for a draw at the end of the match.

Though not as many fans were allowed into the arena, it was, however, a massive commercial success with 1.2 million pay-per-view buys.

According to Daily Mail quoting boxing insider's Dan Rafael, the number could have risen beyond 1.2m at the end of the event.

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This includes the Triller, television platforms, satellite and online sales via FITE TV, while the Triller which was priced at £37 in the US appeared to have paid off handsomely.

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Mike Tyson vs Jones Jr exhibition fight got over 1.2m pay per view buys
Mike Tyson showing off his belt after an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr last month. Photo by Joe Scarnici.
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The publication reveals that the UFC fight between Nigeria's Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal is the only event that made more money than the exhibition bout.

And this means the legends staged the biggest pay-per-view fight so far this year in boxing - meaning Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's epic fight could not match their revenue generation.

The WBC heavyweight bout attracted the attention of about 800,000 and 850,000 pay-per-view sales, though priced higher at £59.

Tyson and Jones' bout also eclipsed Conor McGregor's fight against Donald Cerrone, which picked up 1million buys.

Reports claim that the streaming service reportedly paid over £37 million to secure the fight and will have more than made a profit.

Meanwhile, Tyson has fulfiled his promise by donating his income from the exhibition fight to charity

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, was attacked by a fan after his exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr at the Staples Centre over the weekend.

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Both boxers who came out of retirement treated their fans to some exciting moments but none could outshine each other as the fight ended in a stalemate.

And immediately after the bout, the 54-year-old was almost involved with another fight on his way out of the Arena.

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