|03-03-2012, 12:36 AM||#1|
East Side Guru
Join Date: Dec 2009
Tyson vs Holyfield I - Conceived in 1990, Occurred in 1996.
In regards to people letting go of our current superfight/the fight dying/no one cares anymore/etc, lets look at a delayed superfight of recent history.
Sorted by fighter, date.
Mike Tyson vs Razor Ruddock, June 1991 - 1.25 million PPV buys
Mike Tyson vs Peter McNeeley, August 1995 - 1.55 million PPV buys
Mike Tyson vs Frank Bruno II, March 1996 - 1.37 million PPV buys
Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis, June 2002 - 1.97 million PPV buys
Evander Holyfield vs George Foreman, April 1991 - 1.4 million PPV buys
Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis, March 1999 - 1.2 million PPV buys
Mike Tyson vs Holyfield (1st fight), November 1996 - 1.59 million PPV buys
Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield (rematch), June 1997 - 1.99 million PPV buys
We can extrapolate a few things from this data. For a fight billed as "Finally," SIX YEARS in the making, one man initially age 24 and was 30 the day of the fight, the other initially 28 and was 34 day of the fight, each incurring LOSSES along the way, the total interest in the fight wasn't too diminished. At best I think it probably woulda done as much as the rematch.
I think our current superfight isn't dead just yet. So far its 2 years and counting. I think itll do between 1.9-2.2M if it happens within the next year.