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Amir ‘King’ Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) and Kell ‘Special K’ Brook (39-3, 27 KOs) have entered the record books.
Ticket as the event sold out in just 10 minutes, making the Khan vs Brook match at Manchester AO Arena one of the fastest selling events not only in boxing history but also in sports history British say shared.
A clue to the unprecedented level of demand emerged when fans signed up for pre-orders last week at a rate of six fans for each available ticket.
When it opened for presale on Friday, it sold out in just four minutes.
The pre-sale pace was repeated on Monday when the last batch of tickets went on sale to the public, with the event officially declared sold out just six minutes after the public sale began.
Following lightning-fast ticket sales and the value of ticket stock sold, BOXXER – who took over as promoter of Sky Sports Boxing just three months ago – has now claimed to have hit a sales record biggest box office for an indoor sporting event in the UK and fastest selling-out for UK boxing events.
“We know we can sell out the stadium in a few more times but the demand for tickets is still very strong. The arena told us they hadn’t seen anything like this in years. The extent of the national interest in this war was just out of proportion – it was Britain’s biggest battle in decades. We’re looking forward to a night out on February 19 for what will be an iconic and legacy fight in front of a sold-out arena and televised live and exclusively on Sky Sports Box. Office,” said Ben Shalom, BOXXER founder and CEO.
The rivalry between Khan and Brook dates back to their teenage years, when 17-year-old Khan won an Olympic silver medal after being selected before Brook for Team GB in the 2004 Olympic Games.
Khan’s professional record includes tenure as unified lightweight world champion and Commonwealth lightweight champion, while Brook is a former British lightweight champion and IBF world lightweight champion.
With tensions between the two remaining high since their amateur days, British boxing fans have long had a pro-rules struggle over their favorites list. As two of the UK’s top heavyweights, the encounter in February will not only settle their rivalry but also determine which of them is the best weight class in the country. .
VIDDAL RILEY ADDED TO KHAN vs BROOK UNDERCARD
Boxing’s biggest domestic event of 2022 will also host one of its brightest prospects as the undefeated cruiser class is confirmed for the card.
Cruiser class prospect Viddal Riley (4-0, 2 KOs) was confirmed today as the latest addition to the BOXXER: Khan vs Brook event taking place at AO Arena Manchester on Saturday, February 19.
Riley, a member of Team GB during his amateur days and now unbeaten in four games as a professional, broke the news of him adding the Sky Sports News live card to midday today.
A successful creator and musician outside of the arena, Riley has over two million followers on his social media channels, all of whom will be watching when he launches BOXXER next year. February, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring. It’s been almost two years and I’ve achieved a lot [while I’ve been away] but what I’ve been doing all my life is boxing and to be able to excel in that field is exciting,” Riley told Sky Sports News.
“We don’t have any news about the opponent yet but I’m not too worried about that. I’m just focusing on myself and I can’t wait to perform [and show what] I’ve been hiding for the past two years, improving in the dark!
“There was no pressure, because I was used to getting millions of views and people watching what I was doing. Whenever I do something, everyone enjoys it. So this makes no difference – this is my craft, this is what I’m doing. “
“Viddal is one of the most highly regarded promising fighters in boxing. He has the talent, driving ability and personality to be a superstar. We are extremely excited to sign him with BOXXER and we are delighted to begin our journey on such a huge platform,” said Ben Shalom, Founder and CEO of BOXXER.
“Viddal Riley has the perfect foundation to continue her career in the Amir Khan vs Kell Brook project. A great night for boxing. We welcomed Viddal to the Sky Sports Boxing team as a social media presenter, but now he’s back in the ring as an undefeated cruiser contender,” said Adam Smith. , Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports.
“It will be interesting to watch the next step in his journey as Viddal showcases his skills in Manchester, with more exciting additions to the upcoming Khan vs Brook show!”
Riley’s BOXXER debut will be his first time playing professionally in his hometown.
The former member of Team GB represented England at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics and won 41-8 with 19 KO victories in his amateur career, including a European Junior Silver medal and a victory over Daniel Dubois. His professional competitions have so far taken place in the US, Dubai and Mexico. as well as the appearance of the 2014 Youth Olympics.
Riley is also known as YouTube sensation coach and KSI super influencer, who coached him for both the Logan Paul bout as well as the one against domestic rival Joe Weller.