Jake Paul's fight with Tyron Woodley is said to have made just under £500,000 pay-per-view buys, a figure that is significantly lower than what the former claimed it was.
Rumours have spread since the fight that its pay-per-view buys could surpass those of Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson in 2002 and Evander Holyfield vs Tyson in 1997, which are the 5th and 6th most lucrative fights in history to date.
However, the actual numbers for Paul vs Woodley are much lower. They were revealed by renowned producer Jed I. Goodman on Twitter last Saturday.
From WON, their best PPV sources are estimating #PaulWoodley did around 480K-500K buys and some others believe it was a little lower than that.- Jed I. Goodman :copyright: (@jedigoodman) September 11, 2021
The bout at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on August 29th saw Paul continue his excellent, unbeaten start to professional boxing, winning by a split decision. The 24 year old and Woodley were confident that the fight would be the biggest of the year and eclipse the sales of Logan Paul's clash with Floyd Mayweather in June.
"PPV is doing some s*** right now," Woodley said on an Instagram Live a few weeks ago. "I said this would be the biggest PPV of the year.
I don't know where it's at right now but they're still counting. That's s**t's still running up. So I want to thank everybody for buying it."
This is not the first time that Paul has misjudged pay-per-view buys for his fights. After defeating former UFC welterweight Ben Askren in April, the former claimed the fight sold over one million buys. This was rejected by UFC president Dana White, who said the fight 'didn't pull those kind of figures, not at all.'
The two fighters will hope that a rematch between the two will attract more viewers. However, whilst Woodley appears keen for a reunion in the ring, Paul seems focused on fighting younger boxers from now on, including former Love Island star Tommy Fury.
"There's a thing about Jake Paul fighting older guys,"he told The MMA Hour. "And retired guys like Ben Askren and Tyron. If I were to fight Anderson Silva everyone would just be like 'oh just another old guy' after I beat him."
"I think it's on to bigger and better things," he continued on the Full Send podcast. "I want to fight a real boxer. I think Tommy Fury is probably at the top of the list. He's skilled, he's undefeated and he's a real boxer."
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