- Diego Pacheco Headlined In The US For The First Time Last Month
- The Rising Star Knocked Out Coceres In Front Of 3k People In LA
- Pacheco vs Coceres Generates 178,000 Gate From 2k+ Tickets Sold
Emerging super middleweight star Diego Pacheco scored a stunning 9th-round knockout of Argentine Marcelo Coceres last month.
The American was outboxing Coceres easily through four rounds but the former title challenger had a good spell from rounds 5-7 catching Pacheco numerous times with the left hook and exposing a real flaw in Pacheco’s defence – the most adversity the 22-year-old has faced in his career so far.
Pacheco showed the ability to adapt though and came back nicely in round eight opting to push Coceres back instead of boxing him; unleashing combinations.
It was clear that the power was having a significant impact on Coceres and the end was near and that came just one round later when Pacheco landed an eye-catching right uppercut that floored Coceres, who chose not to get up for more punishment.
Pacheco vs Coceres Generates 178,000 Gate In Prospects’ First US Headline
Pacheco headlined for the third time as a professional and the first time in the US. He did so in front of an energetic 2,980 home crowd at the YouTube Theatre in Los Angeles live on DAZN.
According to Jed I. Goodman, the show sold 2,053 tickets generating a $178,505 gate. An additional 927 ‘exempt passes’ boosted the attendance to 2,980. The average ticket price was $87.
Jaime Munguia’s last fight delivered a $427,325 gate from 6,381 tickets sold whilst Edgar Berlanga’s Matchroom debut bettered it with a $498, 858.20 gate – both numbers courtesy of @BoxingMyths gate receipts.
Pacheco still has a long way to go but is closing down the gap between himself and some of the bigger stars in the division.
What’s Next For Diego Pacheco?
Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke to the media in the aftermath of Pacheco’s win about what 2024 could look like for him.
“(The YouTube Theatre) is a really nice home for him, there’s another tier that we can open. We can probably get it to 3.5k thousand, next time it will be sold out then you just keep on going from there.”
Hearn believes the YouTube Theatre will be the home for Diego Pacheco fights at least for the next year or so, hoping to have 3,500 at his next event and eventually fill up the 6,000-capacity venue in the forthcoming 3-4 fights.
“We still got to build the story after tonight, we got to get him out more. We got to get him in front of the media and we got to get people talking.”
Pacheco hasn’t really done a plethora of media in his career so far and there has been limited behind-the-scenes storytelling of his journey – one thing Matchroom will have to invest in 2024.
“He must box three times next year, four would be nice but definitely three.”
The promoter confirmed that Pacheco would return in the spring likely around April time.
Image Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing