Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte is one of Britain’s biggest ever fights4 min read
Simon Jordan was not impressed by the pay-per-view price for Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title clash with Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium.
The British rivals stars will go head-to-head in London on Saturday, April 23 in front of a packed crowd of around 94,000 people.
For those unable to get a ticket, the contest will be available to buy, at a cost of £24.95 for UK customers.
However, it will be live and exclusive on talkSPORT – and won’t cost you a penny either!
With Anthony Cacace vs Jonathan Romero, Tommy Fury vs Daniel Bocianski and Isaac Lowe vs Nick Ball all forming part of the undercard, Jordan suggested that fans deserve more for their money given the amount they’re being charged to watch the night’s boxing at home.
That’s despite Whyte vs Fury being among the biggest all-British fights in history and among the most eagerly-anticipated bout of recent times.
Jordan told White and Jordan: “I think it’s a bit of a liberty.
“I think that if you paid more for the fight than you perhaps wanted to then you’ve got to recoup some money from somewhere.
“This is the trend across all of the promotions. Just the other day we put Ben [Shalom] to task and said that this is not a good enough undercard.
“With no disrespect to any of these fighters on the undercard because they’re all decent fighters, but for a world heavyweight title fight there does need to be a little bit more stardust.
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“You can make the argument that a world heavyweight title fight is a premium, but if you’re going to price it above the £19 or £20 price point, I know you can make the argument that they price it at much more in America, but I don’t care what they’re doing over there, we’re doing it over here.
“If you’re going to charge £24.95 because you’ve got to recoup £2-3million extra, but if you’re going to put an extra fiver on a fight that’s going to sell maybe a million pay-per-views, then really and truly that’s £5million more of additional revenue that should find its way into the undercard.
“I don’t know the availability of boxers and the timing of Anthony Yarde having just beaten Lyndon Arthur, or whether they could have pulled somebody else out and into the mix, but with all due respect you’d expect more in front of 94,000.
“When Carl Froch fought you had Anthony Joshua on the undercard. It was early in his career, but he was already a rockstar.”
That view was echoed by Spencer Oliver who says that such a big night of boxing is deserving of ‘a chief support’.
Oliver said: “I’d expect that a world title fight as a chief support. Whether that be a smaller weight, welterweight or whatever, I’d expect a world title fight to be a chief support for a fight of this magnitude with the crowd that they’re pulling in.
“Frank [Warren]’s got a strong stable. I don’t know what sort of deal they’ve got with Tyson Fury, is he calling the shots with who they have on the undercard?
“It’s a little bit more political than we probably understand, but I just think that if you’re selling a fight of this magnitude, you need a decent support.
“I’ve always felt that and I believe that a world title fight of some sort should be on there.”
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