REPORT | Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr Did ‘Well Over’ One Million Buys


Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. did monstrous pay-per-view numbers according to boxing journalist Dan Rafael.

Tyson ended his 15-year retirement this past Saturday. The former heavyweight king looked good against ‘Captain Hook’ who struggled to contain the aggressive puncher. The fight went the scheduled distance of eight rounds, each of them being two minutes. At the end of the bout, the WBC celebrity judges shockingly declared the match-up a draw.

On the undercard, YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul scored a sensational knockout against former NBA player Nate Robinson, the second of his professional boxing career. He later called for a boxing match with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Rafael took to Twitter yesterday to reveal Tyson-Jones did “well over” 1 million buys, which is quite extraordinary considering it was an exhibition bout between two men in their fifties.

“I was told today by sources well over 1 million in the U.S. — probably in the 1.2 neighborhood, which would include traditional linear PPV, the @FiteTV digital app and DirecTV/Dish Network,” Rafael wrote. “A shockingly high number that will make the biggest selling #boxing PPV in quite awhile. I believe the number was so huge because it was a perfect storm. Massive nostalgia during the pandemic. The pandemic kept a lot of people at home over Thanksgiving weekend. The price was $50 not the absurd $80ish for other #boxing events. Curiosity factor about Tyson.”

Are you surprised to hear Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. did such huge numbers on pay-per-view?