Does the Klitschko fight being canceled damage pay per view sales on Saturday?
By Dallan o’ Donnell: With Wladamir Klitschko pulling out of his scheduled heavyweight title defence against Dereck Chisora on Saturday night in Germany with an apparent back injury, the question that needs to be asked is has this damaged pay per view sales on a bill that has been depleted? I would think so. Not only has the Klitschko-Chisora fight been called off but the whole undercard has gone also, leaving Sky, the broadcaster with just the bill from Liverpool and the Amir Khan fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.
Many fans in Britain would have been looking to the Klitschko fight to bridge a gap between the end of the show in Liverpool and the beginning of the Khan bout in the early hours of the morning. The show in Liverpool, headlined by Paul Smith Vs James DeGale is really a carbon copy of the magnificent seven bill from a few months back although i do like the look of Nathan Cleverly against Alejandro Lakatos for the interim WBO light heavyweight title. The show in Las Vegas is the big one of the night without question.
Khan takes on Maidana in the main event for Khans World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight title and Victor Ortiz takes on Lamont Peterson in one of the undercard fights. But fans were looking forward to seeing Klitschko warm up for a bout with David Haye next year. It is a blessing in disguise for Chisora, although denied a huge pay day and a shot at the heavyweight champion he is now able to fight on with an unbeaten record as Im very sure he would have been knocked out by Klitschko.
The fight simply came too soon for him in my eyes. He will have more pay days to come and if Klitschko fails to reach an agreement with Haye for next year that puts Chisora right back in the mix. But almost certainly now, pay per view sales will be much lower with the cancellation of this fight. But on the upside boxing fans may now be able to see the fight we wanted in the first place which is a unification bout between David Haye and Wladamir Klitschko.
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