Tickets for the massive April 23 showdown at Wembley Stadium went on sale via Ticketmaster at noon UK time on Wednesday. And in the space of a few short hours the huge venue had virtually sold out.
Interest peaked with an incredible 170,000 waiting in the virtual queue to buy tickets for Fury’s homecoming. The defence of his WBC, Ring magazine and lineal world heavyweight titles will be his first fight in the UK since 2018.
Warren delighted with ticket sales
When Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren and his Queensberry Promotions shelled out a record $41million purse bid to win the rights to the bout, this was exactly the sort of interest they had hoped for.
Warren himself said: “I always imagined that this fight wouldn’t be a hard sell so I am happy we opted to stage it in the biggest and best venue in the UK. This illustrates just what a big draw Tyson has become, his personality is infectious and he truly is a champion of the people.
“He is also the No.1 heavyweight in the world and one of the most recognised sportsmen on the planet. I am thrilled that we are bringing him back to Britain to perform on the biggest stage of all against Dillian Whyte and a domestic dust-up that will be the biggest boxing event of the year.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the fans for their incredible support of this event and we will be in for some night on April 23 at Wembley Stadium.”
Whyte no show adds interest?
The staggering level of interest came less than 24 hours after Fury faced the media alone at the press conference to announce the bout as Whyte decided to stay away at his training camp in Portugal.
Ironically Whyte’s no show appears to have only heightened interest in the all-British showdown, which has been hailed as the biggest domestic fight since Lennox Lewis vs Frank Bruno in late 1993.
Only a small number of tickets remain now for Fury vs Whyte – a limited amount of Platinum tickets plus 5,000 coach tickets for packages which are yet to be released.