Wilder-Fury rematch breaks heavyweight gate record in Vegas

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Tickets to the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch became a hot commodity throughout the past week.

By the time they entered the ring Saturday night, MGM Grand Garden Arena was packed to capacity. Officials announced a sellout crowd of 15,816 and an MGM Resorts International official confirmed that the live gate for Wilder-Fury II broke the Nevada record for a heavyweight fight.

The live gate produced $16,916,440 in ticket revenue Saturday night. England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) knocked down Wilder twice, once apiece in the third and fifth rounds, and he stopped Wilder in the seventh round when Wilder’s assistant trainer, Mark Breland, threw the towel into the ring.

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Fury won the WBC title from Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), with whom he fought to a controversial split draw in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The previous live-gate record for a heavyweight fight in Nevada was established in November 1999.

That fight, the Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield heavyweight championship rematch, produced a live gate of $16,860,300. Lewis won that 12-round bout by unanimous decision at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

Wilder-Fury II is now the seventh-highest gate overall in Nevada history. The top six on that list all are non-heavyweight main events.

The most ticket revenue generated by a boxing match in Nevada was the $72,198,500 produced by the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao welterweight title fight in May 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Number two on the list is the $55,414,865.79 generated by the Mayweather-Conor McGregor junior middleweight match in August 2017 at T-Mobile Arena.