6,000 tickets sold on first day for Canelo vs. Angulo fight, says Schaefer
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is reporting high ticket sales for the March 8th bout between former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1-, 30 KO’s) and fringe contender Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) in their fight pay-per-view bout on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. 6,000 tickets were sold on the first day alone, says Schaefer via Dan Rafael.
This fight card is going to be a good test of the 23-year-old Canelo’s drawing power, because Golden Boy Promotions didn’t go out of their way to match Canelo tough by selecting Angulo coming off of a knockout loss to Erislandy Lara. If the Canelo-Angulo fight brings in huge PPV numbers on Showtime there won’t be any point in Golden Boy needing to risk Canelo by matching him against good opposition like Erislandy Lara. They can instead match him against Angulo type fighters while waiting for the big fights to open up against the likes of Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez, and possibly Floyd Mayweather Jr. again or Adrien Broner.
Rafael said “On a call regarding #CaneloAngulo. Richard Schaefer says about 6,000 tix were sold on the first day.”
Depending on what your expectations are for PPV cards, you either love the undercard that Golden Boy has packaged with the Canelo-Angulo fight or you hate it. Personally, I’ve not too excited about it, but then again I’m well familiar with all of the fighters that Golden Boy has put on the undercard and I know a mismatch when I see one and there’s plenty of mismatches for fans to see on the undercard.
Here’s what fans will get for their hard-earned money on the underard:
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cristian Mijares = easy win for Santa Cruz.
Omar Figueroa vs. Ricardo Alvarez = easy win for Omar over Canelo’s brother.
Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo = Molina wins in an ugly fight.
Jorge Linares vs. Nihito Arakawa = Linares wins if he doesn’t cut up and cause a bloody stoppage.