Via USA Today
Mike Tyson’s return to the boxing ring has generated more than $80 million in pay-per-view revenue, based on the latest figures.
His exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 sold more than 1.6 million pay-per-view buys — priced at $49.49 apiece — according to Tyson’s Legends Only League.
The 1.6 million pay-per-view buys ranks the fight among the top 10 combat sports events.
The Legends Only League, which served as an event promoter, cited pay-per-view numbers provided by Triller, which distributed the fight.
Michael Goldberg, a spokesman for Triller, said the company would say only that the fight ranked in the top 10 all-time for pay-per-view buys.
There could be hundreds of thousands more orders uncounted for because late pay-per-view orders still are being tabulated, said Azim Spicer, Tyson’s brother-in-law and co-owner of the Legends Only League.
Spicer declined to say how the money would be split.
Tyson was fighting for the first time in 15 years and his eight-round exhibition with Jones at Staples Center in Los Angeles ended in a draw, as judged by the World Boxing Council.
Tyson, 54, and Jones, 51, each were guaranteed $1 million, according to documents provided by the California State Athletic Association, which sanctioned the fight. The fighters are expected to get an equal share of the pay-per-view money.
Jake Paul and Nate Robinson, who fought in what was billed as the co-main feature fight, also are expected to get a share of the money.
There were six fights on the card and six musical artists during the four-hour show that was live-streamed globally.
Tyson has expressed an interest in fighting again in March and the Legends Only League still is working on a deal, Spicer said.