Oliver ‘blags’ £45,000 big fight seat
Barman Oliver Regis, from Stamford, found himself rubbing shoulders with film and sport superstars after “blagging’’ a £45,000 ringside seat for the big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
A Stamford bar supervisor blagged a £45,000 ringside seat for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor superfight in Las Vegas.
Oliver Regis mingled with celebrities including Mike Tyson, LeBron James and Demi Levato at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night before discovering that he was in P Diddy’s seat.
However, the 32-year-old who lives in Stamford and works at The Kings Head in the town, found another seat nearby which was near Vinnie Jones and two rows behind Leonardo Di Caprio.
Oliver, who is a big McGregor fan and had purchased a £2,500 ticket for the boxing fight, managed to sneak into ringside by pretending to be part of Mayweather’s security team before grabbing a seat in the third row.
He said: “Mike Tyson arrived behind me. I was getting texts from people who said we can see you on TV.
“LeBron James was next in and him and his wife were next to me with the media taking pictures.
“I asked Tyson for a selfie. I was quite intimidated because he’s still such a scary dude. He sort of shook his head to say yes but did not speak.
“P Diddy entered the building and he walked in my row - I was in his seat.”
Oliver then left the seat but still managed to take pictures with Jamie Foxx, Chris Hemsworth, Vinnie Jones and Gerard Butler before grabbing a seat near Vinnie in row nine where his friend who he had come to the fight with managed to join him.
He said: “I watched the whole fight from ringside. The guys behind me are rich guys. I said ‘how much did you pay for your ticket?’ They said £45,000’.
“I paid £2,500 to get in the building and my seat was right at the top of the arena.
“I wore a suit to look smart. I’ve been planning this since day one when tickets went on sale. It was awesome and the view was great.”
Oliver said returning home was a “bit of a comedown,” but he has been featured in TV and radio shows in America and Australia. And he is planning to pull off the same stunt should McGregor return to UFC to fight Nate Diaz later this year.
He added: “I will try it and I will succeed.”
Oliver Regis’s ‘selfie’ with Hollywood star Jamie Foxx.
Oliver with Demi Lovato.
And then with P Diddy.