The Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder rematch was the most-watched heavyweight pay-per-view fight in the United States in more than 17 years. Their heavily hyped showdown did not, however, reach the expectations of its optimistic organizers.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the event is projected to have produced slightly more than 750,000 pay-per-view buys in the U.S., the highest rate for a heavyweight fight through that platform since Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson in June 2002. Lewis’ eighth-round knockout of Tyson generated roughly 1,970,000 buys, the second-highest total for a heavyweight fight in pay-per-view history.
The most pay-per-view buys in the U.S. for a heavyweight boxing match is 1,990,000 for the Evander Holyfield-Tyson rematch, the infamous Bite Fight in June 1997.
The Fury-Wilder rematch, which England’s Fury won by seventh-round technical knockout Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, eventually could crack or at least approach 800,000 buys. That can’t happen until all cable companies submit each purchase made through those outlets.
Typically, most buys are tallied within six months from cable and satellite operators. In rare instances, smaller cable companies can take more than a year after an event to fully report buy rates.
However, results for digital buys through ESPN+ and the FOX Sports app, two newer ways to purchase pay-per-view boxing events, are available within a few days after those fights.