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Boxing star Fury beat MMA titan Ngannou on points in their controversial heavyweight clash in Saudi Arabia that was broadcast internationally on PPV.
Despite the bout attracting significant excitement around the world, and the controversial nature of Fury’s win despite 37-year-old Ngannou flooring him in the third round, it wasn’t a success in the ratings stakes when compared to Canelo Alvarez or Jake Paul.
Professional wrestling and MMA reporter Dave Meltzer told Wrestling Observer Radio: ‘I will have the exact numbers tomorrow, but they were terrible. Way below an AEW (All Elite Wrestling) PPV. Possibly 10k for TV orders.
‘It was nothing close to Canelo or [Nate] Diaz-Paul buys.’
Tyson Fury’s win over Francis Ngannou failed as a PPV blockbuster, according to an insider
Jake Paul (L) and Canelo Alvarez (R) both reportedly attracted much higher viewing figures
Up to 700,000 PPVs were reportedly sold for Alvarez’s victory over Jermell Charlo in September.
The PPV card headlined by Fury-Ngannou cost £21.95 to UK fans through TNT Sports Box Office, and $79.99 to US fans on ESPN+ PPV.
Meltzer’s claim was disputed by Turki Alalshikh, who staged and financed the October fight in Saudi Arabia between Fury and Ngannou.
Alalshikh told The MMA Hour: ‘It will be one of the biggest pay-per-views ever.
‘I just have the number of DAZN, and DAZN doesn’t cover all the world, doesn’t cover in this fight especially in America and the UK, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.
‘DAZN is more than 200,000 subscribers, just DAZN, more than 200,000 subscribers.
‘I think, and I hope, we will be the most watched pay-per-view fight ever.’
Ngannou decided not to appeal the result, despite many fans believing that he had got the better of Fury across the ten rounds in Riyadh.
Ngannou has said he will not appeal the verdict despite many fans thinking he was the victor