Will a Joshua v Fury Super Fight in spring 2021 be ruined with no crowd?

Broxi

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I personally felt the Loma v Teo fight was lacking that big fight feel not having a crowd and it did affect my enjoyment if I’m honest.

As much as I’m glad we have some boxing again, I really hate the idea that this fight won’t be in front of a massive stadium crowd or a packed Vegas hotel and we’ll need to watch this play out in a near silent room.

What’s your view on it?

Do you care or are you just be glad to see the fight either way?
 
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I don't care, if the fight is good I'll be excited during it either way. Didn't notice the lack of crowd while watching Lopez vs Lomachenko.

Besides, it won't be the first time AJ has fought with no crowd.
 
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I don't care, if the fight is good I'll be excited during it either way. Didn't notice the lack of crowd while watching Lopez vs Lomachenko.

Besides, it won't be the first time AJ has fought with no crowd.
I agree with you regarding Lopez-Lomachenko but Fury-Joshua in a full stadium would be pretty special IMO.

That said, would watch and enjoy Fury-Joshua under any circumstances.
 
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Completely forgot there was no crowd in Lopez vs Loma because it was a technical match up and did Lopez even have any fans?

I think a crowd is needed for for AJ vs Fury as they both have huge fan bases and I think everyone would scream when either lands a punch

Saying that its not ruined the commentators are doing a good job of being over the top to make up for the crowd
 
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Well that's arguably the biggest fight in British boxing history if it happens without any hiccups beforehand and so yes it will ideally take place in a packed stadium or arena, that way if you're watching on TV you won't have to pay over the odds because as it stands there's a risk the PPV will be £40 in the UK but I could see it being even higher if not even a percentage of an arena's capacity is allowed to be sold to the public come fight night.

Matchroom are putting on Joshua vs Pulev at the O2 in December in the hope that by then a few will be allowed in so we'll have to see how that works out but I doubt they'll get anyone in as it's bang in the middle of winter and the Covid cases will be rising not falling I imagine.

I, like you, missed the crowd at the weekend I love that stuff when I'm watching a big fight, the ringwalks were short and without atmosphere and I also wonder if the absence of crowds are causing judges to get lax, we saw Terry O'Connor on his phone mid-round, Julie Lederman giving Lopez 11 rounds, would this happen if we were there I wonder?

Speaking of atmosphere I was rewatching Tyson vs Spinks last night, the atmosphere was tremendous, I always rated Lennon Jr over Buffer but Buffer did a wonderful job with the introductions and the house was packed, if Fury vs AJ could recreate half that atmosphere it would make TV viewing live and in the years to follow that much better.
 
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Broxi

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Well that's arguably the biggest fight in British boxing history if it happens without any hiccups beforehand and so yes it will ideally take place in a packed stadium or arena, that way if you're watching on TV you won't have to pay over the odds because as it stands there's a risk the PPV will be £40 in the UK but I could see it being even higher if not even a percentage of an arena's capacity is allowed to be sold to the public come fight night.

Matchroom are putting on Joshua vs Pulev at the O2 in December in the hope that by then a few will be allowed in so we'll have to see how that works out but I doubt they'll get anyone in as it's bang in the middle of winter and the Covid cases will be rising not falling I imagine.

I, like you, missed the crowd at the weekend I love that stuff when I'm watching a big fight, the ringwalks were short and without atmosphere and I also wonder if the absence of crowds are causing judges to get lax, we saw Terry O'Connor on his phone mid-round, Julie Lederman giving Lopez 11 rounds, would this happen if we were there I wonder?

Speaking of atmosphere I was rewatching Tyson vs Spinks last night, the atmosphere was tremendous, I always rated Lennon Jr over Buffer but Buffer did a wonderful job with the introductions and the house was packed, if Fury vs AJ could recreate half that atmosphere it would make TV viewing live and in the years to follow that much better.
I tend to rewatch a lot of old fights and I love seeing the crowds or the little tidbits of the contemporary culture or fight scene at that time.

I keep thinking about in 10-15 years when people are rewatching this fight and how weird it would be that there was no crowd because we were in the middle of a global pandemic ... I just think it’s a pity.
 
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As much as I LOVE being able to hear all the punches this year, somehow a HW bout without a crowd just seems wrong.

I don't think it would affect either fighter, though.

Maybe they could do like the Japanese, and fill the seats with stuffed animals.
And then pipe-in "canned audience response," like sitcoms have canned laughter. lol.....

Also, more seriously, they need to find a ring announcer with the energy & quit wit that Howard Cosell had. That man was astonishingly good at making an event exciting, and his boxing knowledge & insights were also top-notch. Maybe Bob Costas.
Imagine Costas, paired with a technical commentator like Paulie or Teddy Atlas. You wouldn't need a crowd at all.


I'm really tired of hearing boring-ass Andre & Tim, and main commentators that clearly don't even watch boxing when they're not working.
 
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It's better with a crowd, and a uk crowd at that, but I'll watch without.

The first fight will go wherever makes most money, so it might go somewhere there is a crowd, but it will probably be somewhere with a shit audience like Saudi. So it will have a crap atmosphere.


If there is no crowd I hope it takes place outside, and somewhere that is visually interesting. I found the Matchroom fight camp stuff better than the studio fights, so something like that, but grander.
 
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I'm kind of torn on the crowds VS no crowds thing.

I get the crowd makes it feel more of an event. But I am absolutely loving how because there is no crowd and far quieter arenas we can all here what's happening in the ring much more.

Heaps easier to here the corners, can here the lil words spoken to each other between the fighters, the thuds of punches landing, the winces of a hard body shot etc... it's super noticeable with the no crowd UFC fights especially.

For me that all makes it feel like I'm much closer to the action.


Perhaps they can get around that though by just rigging up more mics around the ring and having the ref wear one etc.