Despite many pre-fight worries, there is no doubt the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr bout was a resounding success.
The two veterans came out of retirement last Saturday and clashed in an entertaining draw – though many feel Tyson should perhaps have been crowned victor.
The undercard also saw YouTuber Jake Paul move to 2-0 in his professional career with a brutal knockout of ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, with Paul later calling out a host of possible opponents including UFC icon Conor McGregor.
There were doubts ahead of Tyson vs Jones Jr that the exhibition fight would disappoint, with two men in their 50s and well past their prime surely not going to live up to their past brilliance.
But viewers were pleased with the in-ring action, and it’s clear the bout was a financial success also.
In fact, reports suggest Tyson vs Jones Jr absolutely smashed it when it came to pay-per-views, with around 1.2million sales in the United States alone.
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This is around 350,000 MORE PPVs than the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder rematch sold earlier this year – a fight considered one of the best boxing events in recent memory.
Journalist Dan Rafael provided his thoughts on the remarkable PPV sales for Saturday’s bout.
“I believe the number was so huge because it was a perfect storm,” he wrote on Twitter. “Massive nostalgia during the pandemic. The pandemic kept a lot of people at home over Thanksgiving weekend. The price was $50 not the absurd $80ish for other #boxing events. Curiosity factor about Tyson.”