PRESS RELEASE: HBO Sports reported today that 510,000 pay-per-view buys and $25.5 million in revenue was generated from last Saturday’s middleweight showdown between Winky Wright and Felix Trinidad at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Don King Productions in association with Gary Shaw Productions.
The 510,000 buys -- tops for a pay-per-view boxing event this year --included 280,000 buys from cable homes and 230,000 from satellite homes and represents an impressive box office performance for the combination of the widely popular Felix Trinidad and the first pay-per-view show in which the accomplished Winky Wright was a headline performer.
In a fight that became the career-defining moment of his long professional boxing journey, Wright of St. Petersburg, Fla. turned in a dominating performance as he out-pointed the dangerous Trinidad of Puerto Rico. The 12-round showdown produced a unanimous decision victory for Wright and reinforced his standing as one of the sport’s most polished performers.
“Boxing fans tuned in to see a classic matchup of styles,” said Mark Taffet, Senior Vice President, HBO Sports. “Winky Wright’s performance clearly establishes him as a force in the middleweight division and the pay-per-view results exceeded our expectations.”
The Wright-Trinidad middleweight fight will be replayed this Saturday night, May 21 at 9:45pm ET/8:45 p.m. CT/6:45 p.m. PT on HBO. It will precede the live telecast of the heavyweight showdown in Chicago as Lamon Brewster meets Andrew Golota in a special live edition of HBO’s World Championship Boxing.