Big Fight Weekend’s Dan Rafael reported via Twitter that the undisputed welterweight clash between Errol Spence Jr. (28-1, 22 KOs) and Terence Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) sold at least 650,000 pay-per-views (PPV) domestically. The event grossed $55 million and the number of buys could potentially get to the 675,000 range. Rafael also reports that both will make at least $25 million a piece, with Spence entitled to the slightly higher percentage. According to Sports Business Journal, the bout drew a gate of over $21 million.
Per sources, #SpenceCrawford PPV generated at least 650k domestic buys, grossing $55M with it quite possible to get to 675k range. Add in gate of more than $20M and fight was a huge success. Both fighters will make at least $25M apiece. Spence was entitled to a slightly higher %.
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) August 3, 2023
The bout marks yet another extremely profitable event broadcasted by Showtime. Earlier this year, they broadcasted the match-up between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia alongside DAZN. That event did at least 1.2 million buys and had a gate of $22.8 million. Spence-Crawford was on the wish list of boxing fans for years. It comes as no surprise to see the number of PPVS it sold in addition to the live gate number.
Crawford brutally stops Spence
Expected to be an even clash between two of the best boxers in the world, the fight itself wound up being one-sided. After an opening round that a number of people edged to Spence, Crawford proceeded to dominate the remainder of the contest. Crawford first dropped Spence in the second round. Then, he knocked Spence down an additional two times in the seventh. Towards the end of round nine, referee Harvey Dock stepped in halt the fight, giving Crawford the TKO win.
With the victory, Crawford is now the undisputed welterweight champion. As is customary following any match-up, attention turned towards potential future bouts for him. Regardless of who he takes on next, one thing that is for certain based on the numbers for Spence-Crawford is that “Bud” is among the premier attractions in the sport.