Eddie Hearn predicts Spence – Crawford does 500k-600k PPV buys

By Boxing News - 05/30/2023 - Comments

By Robert Segal: Eddie Hearn is chiming in with his early predictions for the Errol Spence Jr vs. Terence Crawford welterweight contest on July 29th, and surprisingly, he sees the fight bringing in fairly modest PPV numbers. The Spence Jr. – Crawford PPV will cost $84.99

Hearn predicts Spence-Crawford will do between 500,000-600,000 pay-per-view buys, which are a long way away from the 1-2 million buy mark that some are hoping it will bring it.

“I think it does great numbers, 500,000 – 600,000,” said Eddie Hearn to the DAZN Boxing Show, predicting the PPV numbers for Spence vs. Crawford event on July 29th on Showtime PPV.

“It’s a tremendous fight, and I’m sure it’ll get the respect it deserves.”

To keep from scaring boxing fans away, Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime should price the Spence-Crawford event between $60-70 per household rather than $84.99

If they price it too high, fans will turn to piracy to watch it for free with streams, or they’ll wait until after the fight ends to watch it on Youtube when it’s uploaded by countless people.

For whatever reason, the welterweight champion Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) and Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) stopped fighting actively beginning in 2020, and for the last three years, the two have only periodically made title defenses.

You can argue that Spence and Crawford have let their popularity diminish like we saw with Gennadiy Golovkin, by not staying busy and fighting opposition in dull, one-sided fights that lacked entertainment value.

Additionally, the opposition that Spence & Crawford have fought haven’t been the guys that the fans wanted to see them fight. For example, we’ve seen Crawford fight these fighters since 2020:

David Avanesyan
Shawn Porter
Kell Brook

Although Brook and Porter were once world champions at 147, by the time Crawford fought them, they were shot and no longer what they’d once been.

“I hope you didn’t give up hope. I’m looking forward to Spence-Crawford in July. It’s going to be an amazing fight. I think the energy is going to be at an all-time high for this one,” said Shawn Porter on Premier Boxing Champions.

“I look forward to a great night of action-packed fight. I think this fight is going to be one for the ages. I’m proud to say that I’ve been in the ring with both of those gentlemen.

“Two elite, high-caliber, probably the best I’ve ever been in the ring with. Both of them, along with a few others, of course, but these are the elite that are finally getting in the ring with one another on July 29th, Showtime pay-per-view.

“Order that, don’t miss it. Popcorn in hand, drink in hand, ready for action. Let’s go,”  said Porter on the Spence vs. Crawford showdown.

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