Here's an email I received late Wednesday night regarding this weekend’s Top Rank/HBO card:
The question of everyone's lips has got to be whether Bradley v Provodnikov cracks more than 1,000 in attendance?
There is no doubt that Top Rank is the best in the business when it comes to actually selling tickets but can Bob weave his magic to crack the four figure mark in terms of bona fide paying customers? We all know that if this was a Golden Boy event it would be showering comps across Southern California.
I actually think it is a pretty good fight. Bradley is not Gatti but rep for being boring is unwarranted (see his clashes against Holt and Peterson) and Prov is all action. If I lived locally I would be there in a flash.
So, what do you reckon? 1,000 bums on seats or not?
Keep up the fine work!
Adrian, thanks for writing in. Yeah, I do think this card at the Home Depot Center will break the 1,000 mark in attendance and tickets sold. It's still a world-class prizefight and like yourself, I think it's a pretty good fight. Most fights in this venue (which I have stated many times is my favorite local facility for prizefights) do at least 2-3,000 fans. This card has some talented young fighters on the undercard but overall, I think it will be a tough sell for Top Rank. I think more than anything, this is about getting the ball rolling once again on Bradley, who, in my opinion, made a mistake by not getting back on the horse back in December.
So yeah, if the over/under was 1,000 paying customers for Saturday night, I would go over but again, that's a better low bar you set. Not helping matters is that Leighton Ginn of the Desert Sun (the local paper in the Palm Springs area where Bradley hails from) told me on Wednesday at the final press conference that because of the local tennis tourney taking place out there, they haven't been able to give Bradley the usual coverage leading into this fight.
But this is a big city with a lot of fight fans, I expect between 3,000-3,500 fans at the Home Depot Center.
For those who would like to attend, here is the ticket information (from a Top Rank press release):
So who will newly-minted WBO featherweight titlist Mikey Garcia face in May?
According to Carl Moretti of Top Rank, “[Juan Manuel] ‘JuanMa’ Lopez is the leading potential opponent but it all depends of if he can make 126 and when Mikey Garcia ends up fighting next. ‘JuanMa’ is going to take a fight on April 20th in Mexico. So if Mikey fights in May, it's probably not realistic. If Mikey fights in June, then it's a chance it could happen.”
Also in the mix is Orlando Cruz, who fights on Telemundo versus Aalan Martinez tonight.
“He's a possibility because he's the number one contender. Obviously he's an interesting story but he also has a tough fight coming up on Telemundo. So if he wins that fight, then clearly, he's acceptable to everybody; I think.”
Top Rank will be meeting with HBO in Los Angeles next week to shore up their late spring/early summer plans.
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