Report: Holyfield-Belfort bombs on PPV with 150K buys
Triller won't be thrilled with the financial results of its latest pay-per-view offering.
The controversial bout between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort on Saturday in Hollywood, Florida generated about 150,000 buys between linear and digital platforms, sources told boxing reporter Dan Rafael.
That number seemingly led to a significant financial loss for the promotion, Rafael added. The roughly $7.5 million in gross revenue it earned from the pay-per-view reportedly doesn't come close to covering the fight purses and other expenses.
Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, defeated Holyfield with ease after the 58-year-old heavyweight boxing great returned from a 10-year retirement. Holyfield was dropped early in the first round before the referee called off the fight during an onslaught of strikes.
Oscar De La Hoya was originally slated to face Belfort, but he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced out of the contest eight days out.
Triller moved its event to Florida from Los Angeles at the last minute when the California State Athletic Commission refused to clear Holyfield to fight Belfort on short notice because of his age.
The card also featured a boxing match between former UFC champions Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz in the co-main event. Silva won by highlight-reel knockout in 81 seconds.
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