Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury I get, Anthony Joshua v anyone I get, but Dillian Whyte against Dereck Chisora on pay per view?
Is someone taking the piss?
Now don’t get me wrong, I have immense respect for both fighters, especially Dillian Whyte who completely changed my perspective of him after his destruction of Joseph Parker earlier in the year.
However, for a fight to make the box office it better be between two of the divisions biggest names and this fight is not that.
30-year-old Whyte still has the chance to make it to the very top of the game and will surely be eyeing a rematch with Anthony Joshua (the man who inflicted Whyte’s only defeat to date) whilst 34-year-old Chisora after eight career losses earned a shot at revenge over Whyte after impressively defeating Carlos Takam at London’s O2 in July.
The pair met previously in December 2016 with Whyte winning on a split decision after 12 rounds, but two years is a long time in boxing and it appears that Whyte has stepped up a gear ahead of the contest on the 22nd December.
But A-list neither of these fighters are (yet) and that is the problem with the box office billing.
The battle in the ring will be fierce and entertaining no doubt but it is like paying £40 a month for a Sky Sports subscription and then being asked to pay another £20 to watch Crystal Palace v Burnley.
Something of a joke.
I have no problem paying box office fees for a say a World Title Fight but not this, it just seems to be money grabbing at the highest degree on a fight that only embedded boxing fans may be tempted to pay for.
Wilder v Fury at the weekend was a World Heavyweight title clash so deserves the billing but Whyte v Chisora is more of a stepping stone for Dillian Whyte and one feels robbed by Sky.
The broadcaster does a sterling job with its sports coverage, but we pay enough for Sky Sports as it is, don’t then rob us even further for a contest that neither fighter yet has the pull of the audience.
It is a poor effort by Sky and the fight promoters and I think many of us expected better.
It will no doubt be a decent fight, but not a billing that deserves box office status.
No wonder the younger breed of fight fans are switching over to MMA.