by Alan Fox: Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View on February 5 Sold for $74.95 to meet them at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. Hopefully, the event organizers at PBC won’t shoot themselves at this price.
That price tag is a bit high for some boxing fans, as the pandemic continues, and it’s not a fight seen as an elite level bout. For a fight like Thurman-Barrios, fans view it as a non-PPV fight that should be shown on regular FOX.
Is $74.95 for a Thurman reset?
At best, selling it for $35 might be seen as reasonable, but PBC seems to think fans will be interested enough in the Thurman vs. Barrios and the bottom card to be willing to pay $74.95.
People wouldn’t mind paying $74.95 to watch former WBA/WBC Welterweight Champion Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) race a 147-pounder like IBF/WBC Champion Errol Spence Jr, WBO Champion Terence Crawford or Yordenis Ugas. However, Barrios, the next fighter of the 140th, falls short of that.
Thurman vs. Barrios Undercard:
- Leo Santa Cruz vs Kenan Carvajal
- Abel Ramos vs. Joseph Lopez
- Louis Neri vs. Carlos Castro
Former League 4 World Champion Leo Santa Cruz is the bigger name on the bottom card, but he meets an unknown player. Kenan Karvajal In a battle of control.
Santa Cruz isn’t a high-profile man, so it’s expected to be a competitive match unless Leo has been the same fighter since his knockout loss to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in October 2020.
Leo will be out for sixteen months when he faces Carvajal, which is not good for him or the boxing fans who pay to watch him face a warm opponent.
Fans wouldn’t mind paying the price to watch Santa Cruz fight one of the top 126lbs like Gary Russell Jr., Emmanuel Navarrete, Lee Wood or Mauricio Lara, but not the unknown Carvajal. This combats incompatibility on paper.
saggy weight Joseph Lopez (38-8, 21 KOs) will face Abel Ramos (27-4-2, 21 KOs) is on the card, but this isn’t a fight worth PPV.
At this point in Josesito’s career, he was more than just a goalkeeper, and always was that kind of fighter. It’s a decent but not convincing fight worth holding on to in a PPV.
However, this writer sees Joseto vs Ramos as a much better fight than Santa Cruz vs Carvajal. Ramos is still in his prime, and Josecito is always a challenge thanks to his strength.
Thurman says his career isn’t over yet
“Two and a half years, we have to come back somehow somehow. That’s what February 5 is for me. We’ve got a great competitor, Mario Barrios,” Keith Thurman told FOX Sports PBC.
“We’re both taking our first professional losses, which means we’re both going back to the drawing board, and we’re trying to make ourselves better.
“Someone’s going to have to take a double L back to back, and the person might not feel good whatever. I’m squeezing really hard, and I’m grinding, and so when you come back in a couple of weeks, hopefully your kid isn’t a ‘once’.”
“I hope to live up to my name and only have to accept that once, and then later this year we will be putting up bigger and better fights in the welterweight division like I’ve always done and like I’ve always done.
“I saw your comment “once, sometime” But Keith Thurman will always be one of the best welterweight players in the welterweight division today. Promise me if you feel like it, but I won’t put your money on it.
“I come back strong, I come back strong, I’m back focused with pure determination. My career isn’t over, okay?” Thurman said.