Matchroom CEO Claims That Low Ticket Sales Could Potentially Be Behind The Buatsi vs Azeez Postponement
The all-British clash between the WBA #1 and #2 world-ranked light heavyweights Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez has been postponed after Azeez suffered a back injury in his final training session.
NoSmokeSport.com has learnt and Ben Shalom has confirmed that BOXXER hopes to reschedule the fight before the end of the year.
All tickets will automatically remain valid for the rescheduled main event and a full refund will be made available for anyone unable to attend.
Despite the injury to Azeez and the main event off, the card will still go ahead. Fans will have to buy new tickets to attend Saturday’s show at York Hall.
Frank Smith on Buatsi vs Azeez Postponement
Matchroom CEO Frank Smith and chairman Eddie Hearn both claimed that the fight could be off around a month ago
“A lot of people have been talking about a potential issue with the fight or it not going ahead,” Smith explained to Boxing Social when asked why he made such claims in September.
“Surprisingly it was Tuesday of fight week, fighters don’t really train that heavy (on) fight week”
“It had sold about 1500 tickets is the reality. I’m not saying that’s the reason it’s not happening but it’s very strange that it all happens on fight week.”
Numerous suggestions have been made in recent days that low ticket sales were the real reason behind the postponement.
BOXXER CEO Shalom claimed that 10,000 tickets were already sold for Buatsi vs Azeez.
“They’re now not refunding people probably because they need a bit of cash flow in the bank.”