Haney Slams Arum’s Comments About His PPV Numbers

December 22, 2023
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Haney Slams Arum's Comments About His PPV Numbers

Devin Haney has reacted to Bob Arum’s comments about his PPV numbers against Regis Prograis.

Arum doubled down on suggestions that the PPV numbers were low following reports it only did 50,000 buys. But Arum did offer several reasons why that may have been the case. He pointed out how the timing of the event could have been better.

The fight occurred on December 9, 2023, near the Christmas festivities. As such, boxing fans may have been reluctant to pay $75 for the fight. The Top Rank promoter also mentioned how other fights on the same day may have split the card. Although Arum did make those comments, he was clear that it did nothing to take away from Haney’s commercial pulling power.

Arum On Haney

“Very, very disappointing. But again, you put a fight on first of all in December, PPV. Now what are people concerned about in December? Saving up their money so they can spend it on Christmas presents. And so the fact it did so poorly is not really a reflection on Haney’s marketability, it’s just a fight that took place at the wrong time against fights that were free to air on other platforms like ESPN. We had a terrific, terrific featherweight championship match that was a huge upset against it. So the fact it didn’t do well doesn’t mean that Devin Haney’s not a PPV draw. But it didn’t do well,” Arum said

Haney’s father, Bill Haney, hit back at Arum by reminding him how the Chase Center was sold out. Haney had his first fight there since becoming a professional boxer in 2016. The capacity of 16,000 was sold out, which required the venue to be extended. That suggested the gate exceeded expectations, but the PPV numbers are not the same.

Haney has fought under Top Rank after signing a three-fight deal. A three-fight deal saw him fight George Kambosos twice as Haney became undisputed at 135. A defense against Vasiliy Lomachenko then followed that up. Despite a very close fight, he was given a unanimous decision win in a controversial decision. With that being said, Devin was not surprised to see those comments.

Haney On Arum

“I didn’t see the interview, but Bob [Arum] never has nothing nice to say about me, so it’s not a surprise after I beat his fighter [Vasily Lomachenko]. I haven’t gotten the pay-per-view numbers. I’m still waiting on the PPV numbers because I get paid on PPV. I don’t have the numbers yet, but shortly…I don’t know [when I fight next]. [And] I want to enjoy the holidays and decompress, even though I’ve been running and staying in shape, decompressing, and figuring out what’s next. I don’t know. Maybe March or April,” Haney stated 

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