Bob Arum has predicted that Tyson Fury’s debut on ESPN+ will generate more new subscribers to the streaming service than the UFC managed with UFC Brooklyn.
The mixed martial arts event, which was headlined by the flyweight clash between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw in January, managed to bring in 568,000 new subscribers to ESPN+ after the UFC announced a groundbreaking broadcasting deal with the US sporting giants in late 2018.
Now, with the ship seemingly sailing smoothly, one of the biggest names in the world of boxing has made a bold prediction about his fighter Tyson Fury’s showdown against Tom Schwarz this weekend.
Speaking in a recent interview (via BoxingScene), the famed promoter gave kudos to the UFC after their successful transition onto the ESPN+ streaming service but promised that Tyson Fury’s opening bow on the network will outperform the UFC’s.
“This weekend’s event is very important for boxing. Look, even though the UFC are cousins of ours at ESPN, they are still competition.
“They’ve done extraordinarily well and ESPN had the announcement of their big subscription boost right out of the gate.
“With Tyson Fury coming up on June 15, we’re gonna get more new subscribers than they did with their debut in January.”
Over the course of his half-century in the business, Arum has had the fortune of working with some of the most talented and charismatic fighters to have ever stepped into the ring.
Likening Tyson to some of the legends he has been in business with in the past, Arum went on to explain his excitement for the future and his plans for The Gypsy King.
“I’ve had some guys who were not shy, fighters such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. [Tyson Fury] is right up with there with those two guys. People can relate to him. I’ve never seen an outpouring of fans like we have right now who root for Tyson Fury.
“People look at the heavyweight division. We have great fighters on ESPN – two of the best in Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko. He has the ability to capture the imagination. That’s what we hope to accomplish with him. This guy is a force in and of himself in and out of the ring.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena