Canelo-Trout: 20,000 tickets already sold; Alamodome will be configured for 40,000
(Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Ticket sales for the April 20th fight between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) continue to be scooped up at an alarming rate for this fight at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
According to mysantonio.com, 20,000 tickets have already been purchased for the fight with still a little over one month to go. Alamodome, which holds 72,000, was previously reconfigured to hold 30,000, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, but with the tickets still moving at a fast pace, they’ve reconfigured it to hold 40,000.
If the ticket sales get near or surpass the 40,000 seats, you can bet they’re reconfigure it again by bumping it up to an even higher number.
Canelo is pulling in the big ticket sales due to his popularity among Mexican boxing fans. The thing is Canelo is popular without having proven himself as of yet. He’s faced a lot of older and smaller fighters, which is why his fight with Trout is considered to be his first real test of his career.
Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy didn’t want the fight with Trout, and instead wanted a beatable fighter like Miguel Cotto. In other words, if Golden Boy had their way, Canelo would still be without a real test.
The undercard is still lacking in a big way with only light middleweights Omar Figueroa vs. Abner Cotto the only undercard fight that’s been approved. Golden Boy is going to have to dig up a lot more than this if they want to impress boxing fans at home at watching on Showtime.
Fans want to see more than just the main event, and Figueroa vs. Cotto isn’t worthy of being the co-main event if that’s what’s going to happen. They’re going to have to find some better fighters or at least more recognizable ones that casual boxing fans have heard of.
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