Forty-eight hours after they went on sale, all 14,000 seats for the eagerly awaited Chris Byrd-Wladimir Klitschko IBF/IBO heavyweight title fight on Saturday, April 22, at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, are gone. It is believed to be the fastest sellout in the history of German boxing and one of the fastest sellouts for a boxing event anywhere.
The announcement was made Monday by co-promoters, Sportfive, Europe’s largest sports marketing agency, and K2 Promotions.
“This goes to show the magnitude of this fight and how both Chris and I are well-known not only in the United States but the world over,” said Klitschko, a former WBO heavyweight champion who is currently ranked No. 1 in the IBF. “It also justifies why our fight will be shown live in the United States.’’
The scheduled 12-round bout, which will be a rematch of a fight Klitschko won by unanimous 12-round decision on Oct. 12, 2000, will be carried live on HBO on April 22 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. It will be replayed later that night on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Byrd is 39-2-1 with 20 KO’s. Klitschko is 45-3 with 40 KOs.