The lightweight superfight matching unbeaten stars Gervonta “Tank” Davis and “Ruler” Ryan Garcia last end of the week created the kind of numbers deserving of thought as a blockbuster hit.
Davis’ seventh-round knockout of Garcia, which was delivered by Showtime PPV, produced more than 1.2 million purchases locally, insider sources told Bestreamsports on Wednesday. The number is viewed as a significant achievement given the two assumptions and the present status of the compensation per-view business across battle sports, which has been impacted by widespread robbery, more exorbitant cost focuses and the expansion of contending diversion streaming choices.
The 136-pound catchweight session, which radiated from T-Portable Field in Las Vegas, was novel in that it matched rising stars with discrete fan bases, the two of which were youthful and extended well past the game’s no-nonsense fan base. The battle created roughly $22.8 million in ticket deals, which incorporated a pre-declared sellout horde of 20,842 spectators.
When all combat sports competitions held in “the fight capital” of Las Vegas are taken into account, the live gate ranks as the fifth best in Nevada history. Only three boxing or mixed martial arts bouts—Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (2015), Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor (2017), and the first two Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fights—drew more money in history.
Despite both fighters being represented by competing promoters and networks, Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) and Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs) were able to come to an agreement for the bout. The Showtime-produced PPV was promoted and distributed by DAZN, the streaming service where Garcia fights as a result of their exclusive output agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. DAZN also sold the event on their app.
The 28-year-old Davis, who also competed in the co-feature of Mayweather-McGregor in 2017, made his fifth consecutive appearance as the Showtime PPV main event. Garcia, 24, was competing in his first PPV main event.
The bout had Showtime PPV’s greatest live gate of $55.4 million and an estimated 4.4 million PPV buys since the Mayweather-McGregor crossover event.