DESPITE criticisms about its worth as a Pay-Per-View event, the rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew on November 22 – live on Sky Sports Box Office – has become the fastest selling sporting event at Liverpool’s Echo Arena after selling out in under 48 hours.
The bitter rivals return to the venue of their first clash in 2011 to finally face each other once again, and fight fans have snapped up all of the tickets on sale inside 48 hours. This encounter, this time at cruiserweight, is supported Scott Quigg defending his WBA ‘world’ super-bantamweight title and Jamie McDonnell defending his WBA ‘world’ bantamweight strap against Walberto Ramos.
Olympic gold medal sensation Anthony Joshua MBE taking on Michael Sprott in a final eliminator for the British Heavyweight title, unbeaten world-rated Liverpool super-middleweight prospect Callum Smith facing Nikola Sjekloca in an official eliminator for the WBC super-middleweight title, and promoter Eddie Hearn set to announce more big fights soon with James DeGale MBE and Stephen Smith set to feature in crunch clashes.
The Arena confirmed that not only has the event broken the record as the fastest selling sporting event held at the huge Merseyside venue, but that it is one of the fastest selling events they have staged since opening in January 2008.
“It is huge news Cleverly vs. Bellew is 48-hour box office sell out, making it the fastest selling sporting event in the Echo Arena’s history,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “We had a little taste of the action this week and with same major announcements coming next week, those lucky enough to have grabbed a ticket and those watching at home are in for a wonderful night of British boxing. The atmosphere in the Echo Arena on November 22 will be breathtaking.”