Fury vs. Usyk: UK Fans Fume Over PPV Price and Lackluster Undercard

By Charles Brun - 02/02/2024 - Comments

The heavyweight undisputed match between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk goes for £24.99 on DAZN PPV for their May 18th contest in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

DAZN will include one month’s subscription as part of that price. Fans who already subscribe to DAZN will pay a slightly reduced £23.99 for the Fury vs. Usyk event.

If Fury wasn’t coming off a controversial win over novice Francis Ngannou and if he didn’t look so washed in that fight, British fans might be more interested in paying to see him battle Usyk.

Undercard Underwhelms

What has further angered fans is the lackluster undercard that has been packaged with the Fury vs. Usyk event. The undercard fights that involve relevent fighters are these two matches:

  • Jai Opetaia vs. Mairis Briedis
  • Joe Cordina vs. Anthony Cacace

The rest of the undercard is filled with prospects, most of whom aren’t going anywhere and will never win world titles. If you’re a Cordina fan, you might be interested in seeing him fight, but NOT against Cacace.

The interesting fights involving Cordina would be against Emanuel Navarrete, Vasily Lomachenko, Frank Martin, or Shakur Stevenson.

Reactions and Comparisons

UK fans on social media are upset about the price, even though it’s considerably cheaper than what their U.S counterparts are being asked to pay for the Fury-Usyk event, which is a whopping $69.99.

British fans say they’ll pirate the historic Fury vs. Usyk event, and many say they won’t bother watching it.

It’ll be posted many times on YouTube the night of the fight, so many fans will wait until minutes after it ends to watch it for free.

People aren’t happy that the price for the event has increased from Fury’s previous fight against Francis Ngannou, which went for £21.95 on PPV last October in another event in Saudi Arabia.

Fury Prioritizing Financial Gain

“It’s exciting to me and attractive because of the amount of money I’m getting paid, not because of the belts that are on the line,” said Tyson Fury to DAZN Boxing about his chief interest in his fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

“If you ever get time to come to Morecambe when you’re passing, nip into my front room; I’ll show you 26, 27 belts that don’t see the daylight.

“This is no more important than any other fights I’ve had before. To me, anyway. To him [Usyk], it might mean something much more special,” said Fury.

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