‘What a DISGRACE’: BT Sport face backlash after hiking up pay-per-view price for Tyson Fury’s fight with Derek Chisora to record-equalling £26.95, with fans branding it as a ‘ROBBERY’
Boxing fans have branded the pay-per-view price for Tyson Fury’s trilogy fight with Derek Chisora as a ‘disgrace’ after it was revealed on Tuesday.
The fight, which will take place on December 3 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will be shown on BT Sport Box Office for UK viewers, with punters being asked to shell out £26.95 – a new high for the platform – to watch it.
Fans will have to pay £26.95 if they want to watch Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora on pay-per-view
Fans labelled the price hike by BT Sport as a ‘disgrace’ and a ‘robbery’ on Tuesday afternoon
The £26.95 figure matches the same amount Sky Sports charged customers who wanted to watch Anthony Joshua face Oleksandr Usyk earlier this summer, which was a new record when it comes to highest pay-per-view cost in UK television history.
And the hike in price has left fans outraged, with many taking to Twitter to slam BT Sport as a result.
After the price was announced online, one fan tweeted: ‘What a disgrace.’
Another said: ‘You couldn’t pay me £26.95 to watch it.’
While another simply labelled the PPV price of the fight as a ‘robbery’.
Others scoffed at the record-matching PPV price, insisting it will be a nail in boxing’s coffin
Another accused Fury of becoming an embarrassment, having previously claimed to wanting a potential future fight with Joshua to be broadcast for free.
They said: ‘What the f***. And Tyson Fury said he wanted EVERYONE to be able to watch Fury vs Joshua for free. Fury has gone from elite, fan favourite to embarrassing waste of time in a few months. SMH.’
Another claimed that they wouldn’t have paid £6 for the fight, insisting BT Sport can forget paying almost £30 for the trilogy bout.
The £26.95 fee is the same amount Sky Sports priced Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk II
Sky increased the PPV cost to £27 for the rematch between Joshua and Usyk in July, which was £2 more expensive than the last bout between the two heavyweight stars, and set a new record as the most expensive fight in British boxing history.
Joshua lost the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles to Usyk in September 2020 after being outclassed in the points defeat against the Ukrainian before failing to beat him in their rematch earlier this year.