Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 Generates Biggest Nevada Gate for a Heavyweight Fight

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury produce some impressive numbers.

At the end of the day it’s all about the dollars and cents. It’s called prize fighting for a reason and every fighter who steps inside the ring is seeking a mixture of glory and a delicious payday to hang their hat on. The rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury produced exactly that.

The much anticipated rematch of their December 2018 contest saw Deontay Wilder being outgunned by Tyson Fury across seven rounds. The match highlighted Fury’s technical superiority and exposed many of Wilder’s weaknesses.

The fight was much anticipated and the gate numbers are reflecting exactly that. According to ESPN Senior Writer Dan Rafael, the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch generated the biggest Nevada gate in heavyweight boxing history.

“The official gate numbers are out for the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder heavyweight championship rematch that took place Feb. 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the fight generated $16,916,440 from 15,210 tickets sold. There were only 84 complimentary tickets given away. The gate total makes it the biggest for a heavyweight fight in Nevada history, edging ahead of the Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield rematch in 1999, which generated $16,830,300 from 17,078 tickets sold. Wilder-Fury II is also the seventh-biggest gate in Nevada history. The six fights ahead of it all involved either Floyd Mayweather or Canelo Alvarez.”

Those are some truly impressive numbers. It lends fuel to the idea that a third match between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will produce some explosive numbers for both the pay-per-view and live gate.

It’s all about the money in the end and though it would behoove Deontay Wilder to take some considerable time off before choosing to lock horns with Tyson Fury for a third time, you can bet he’ll be getting pressured to step into the ring as soon as possible. There’s a ton of money to be made in a third match and many people are looking to profit.

Do you think Deontay Wilder should take time off to retool before a Tyson Fury rematch or should he get back in the ring as soon as possible?

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