Terence Crawford cemented his title of best wrestler and pound for pound by beating Errol Spence. Photo by German Villasenor for The Ring.
It’s a habit in boxing to see the small pieces in front of your eyes that are only related to the agenda. For those who fight Sometimes they get lost because of the numbers displayed on the spreadsheet. For managers and promoters Always the same. Who loses? Fans who ignore paying bills The fragmentation of boxing is the reason why the sport remains in the far reaches of remote areas. It’s an infrequent occurrence that catches the attention of the general sports world.
in July, especially in the last week of July
Once boxing was done right.
in a week The two major bouts that fans want to see come as Naoya Inoue, the human machine, stops Stephen Fulton in eight bouts for multiple junior featherweight bouts on Tuesday, July 25, followed by a masterful display. Terence Crawford’s stoppage of Errol Spence Jr. in the ninth became the first undisputed world welterweight champion.
Boxing is the real winner. This sport stands out in the spotlight. With Inoue and Crawford winning spectacularly in a match boxing fans wanted, Boxing did a good job for the fans. There was no controversy involved in the fight.
Boxing fans get used to it. Anyone who complains about having an agenda has nothing to do with love or respect for the sport. Inoue opened and Crawford wrapped up one of the greatest weeks in boxing history.
Here’s where the numbers support it:
Live projection makes the battle of Crawford-Spence It’s worth more than $80 million, and many sources confirm that. Spence-Crawford The pay-per-view has over 650,000 purchases, with numbers still pouring in. That number could climb to nearly 700,000. The total grossed about $80 million, including the sale of 19,990 sold-out group tickets at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Crawford (40-0, 31 knockouts) became the first male boxer in his four-belt era to win two undisputed titles, while Inoue (25-0, 22 Knockouts) showed how great he is by defeating Fulton (21), who has never been undefeated before -1, 8 KOs). The Hall of Famer became only the second Japanese fighter to win a major title in four weight divisions.
July continues to be a great year in boxing.
On April 22 at Showtime’s PBC pay-per-view event, Tank Davis fought Ryan Garcia in a massive crossover battle on April 22 at Showtime’s PBC pay-per-view event. Before the sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Arena racked up more than 1.2 million buy-ins in June, Teofimo Lopez Jr. upset Josh Taylor and the year ended with super-middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena. No problem defending his title against Jermell Charlo on September 30.
It’s a constant battle with mainstream media to capture the attention of sports pages or sports talk stations in big cities, but this year, getting the fight that fans want to see, boxing seems like a good turnaround. In 2023, despite the sluggishness in what has affected boxing, a deeper look reveals the opposite – at least in 2023 so far.
July continues to make that point.
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sports writer who works for Ring Magazine/RingTV.com. Since October 1997 and President of the American Boxing Writers Guild
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