Alexander-Bradley: The Silverdome to be curtained off to 10,000 to 15,000
By Jason Kim: Despite reports of extremely poor ticket sales for the January 29th bout between WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KO’s) and WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KO’s) a the Pontiac Silverdome, in Michigan, the Silverdome arena will be “curtained off to about 10,000 to 15,000,” according to fightnews.
The arena can fit a full capacity of 70,000 fans. However, the reports that have coming out have had ticket sales to below 1000, which are absolutely horrible numbers for a fight like this. But it’s not hard to believe me the fight is taking place in a neutral venue rather than the home cities of the two fighters, and it’s hard to imagine many of Alexander and Bradley’s fans coming all the way to Michigan in a bad economy like this.
Neither Bradley or Alexander are big stars in boxing, and perhaps was unwise to stick their fight in Michigan and expect to draw fans from far away to travel to see this fight. If this was a fight in a small country like England, then it wouldn’t be as much of a big deal. However, it’s asking a lot of boxing fans to have to travel all the way to Michigan in the dead of winter to see this fight, especially given that it will be shown on HBO.
Alexander, 23, has got real problems on his hands against the older and more experienced Bradley. This is going to be a tough fight for Alexander, because he was pretty well exposed and schooled in his last fight against Andriy Kotelnik, and he’s very fortunate to have escaped with a hometown decision in that fight.