The popularity of Canelo Alvarez and easing of COVID-19 restrictions appears to creating something special.
The crowd for the Mexican star’s pay-per-fight fight against Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington is expected to be the largest ever for a boxing event in Texas.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said 60,000 tickets have already been sold and he expects to fight-night attendance to reach the 65,000 capacity.
“He’s very popular,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News, referring to Alvarez. “We will have over 65,000 for the fight. We have already sold 60,000 tickets. They’re going at a feverish pace.
“It will be the largest fight we’ve ever had.”
The current record for a boxing show in Texas is the 59,995 who watched another Mexican idol, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Pernell Whitaker fight to a draw in 1993 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The largest crowd for a card at AT&T was 51,240 for Alvarez’s ninth-round knockout of Liam Smith in 2016.
Here are the five reportedly biggest crowds for boxing events in Texas:
- 59,995 – Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Pernell Whitaker, 1993, Alamodome, San Antonio
- 51,240 – Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith, 2016, AT&T Stadium, Arlington
- 50,944 – Manny Pacquiao vs. Joseph Clottey, 2010, AT&T Stadium, Arlington
- 43,368 – Oscar De La Hoya vs. Patrick Charpentier, 1998, Sun Bowl, El Paso
- 41,734 – Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito, 2010, AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Note: The largest crowd to watch a fight in the U.S. was 120,557 for the first Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney fight Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia in 1927.
This article was originally published on boxingjunkie.usatoday.com