By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has commented that his bout with Roy Jones Jr is the biggest fight in Australia’s boxing history. The bout has proven to be a great financial success with Danny looking certain to surpass the AUD $3,000,000 he earned from his bout with Anthony Mundine. It is rumored that Green could earn up to $4,000,000, and quite possibly more, due to a number of contributing factors, including: the fight being beamed into 15 countries, including the US, Canada, England, Malaysia and South Africa. A huge financial lure that the Mundine-Green fight failed to attract. Just 5000 tickets remain for the bout at Homebush, with an 18,000 sell-out guaranteed. Overwhelming demand for ringside seats has allowed ticket holders to auction seats on eBay for up to $1250. Demand for pay-per-view subscription at pubs and clubs is rivalled only by Green’s fight with Mundine in 2006.
Jones Jr arrived in Sydney Sunday and will receive a guaranteed $3,000,000.
“Obviously he doesn’t come cheaply,” Green’s manager Justin Monolikos said. “But I’m more than happy with the deal and I’m more than confident we’ll cover the guarantee ($3,000,000).”
It’s believed that under the terms of the contract the two fighters will split everything down the middle, including, sponsorship, gate-takings, pubs and clubs subscription and home pay-per-view.