A GRAND PLAN

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AN­THONY JOSHUA vs Deon­tay Wilder at York Hall? Sounds ridicu­lous. Of course it would never hap­pen. But Team Joshua should con­sider the idea as a valid and lu­cra­tive profit-mak­ing ex­per­i­ment. The ben­e­fits for all would be as­ton­ish­ing. The York Hall box of­fice would be be­sieged, and overde­mand would be guar­an­teed. With a gate of only 2,000, there would be no need to use an agency to sell seats. Tick­ets could be sold by a bal­lot, in the same way that foot­ball clubs sell their tick­ets when de­mand ex­ceeds sup­ply. Be­cause of the huge TV money, the gate tak­ings would be ir­rel­e­vant.

At present, the pub­lic pay good money to at­tend a ma­jor Wem­b­ley show fea­tur­ing Joshua. How­ever, most of the spec­ta­tors end up watch­ing the ac­tion on the big screens in the sta­dium, as they are so far from the ring. Of course, they can say ‘I was there’, but in fact they would be bet­ter off stay­ing at home and watch­ing on TV. At York Hall, ev­ery at­tendee has a great view. No­body brings binoc­u­lars to York Hall! It has a real at­mos­phere, whereas, in my opin­ion, Wem­b­ley does not. No mat­ter how many dancers, singers, light­ing ef­fects and trendy ring an­nounc­ers there are, the at­mos­phere is cold and dis­tant. A show at Wem­b­ley does not be­gin to com­pare to the elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated at York Hall.

I can imag­ine Joshua’s pro­moter, Ed­die Hearn, would read this and say, ‘I’d be un­able to gen­er­ate enough turnover to make it work.’ He’d be right! But here’s the so­lu­tion: cut the price of the payper-view to £5. Yes, a fiver! That would in­crease turnover six­fold. It would work! By re­duc­ing the price, many more peo­ple would pur­chase the pay-per-view. In ex­actly the same way, if the pay-per­view price was in­creased to £40, there cer­tainly would be fewer pur­chases. Many econ­o­mists agree that if the in­come tax rate was slashed, rev­enue to the trea­sury would in­crease dra­mat­i­cally. The lower the tax rate, the higher the tax in­come. The same would ap­ply to big-fight eco­nom­ics.

The fringe ben­e­fits can­not be over­stated. New fight fans could be cre­ated and won over by a boxer of Joshua’s mag­netism. The sport in gen­eral would see a dra­matic in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity. And, most in­cred­i­ble of all, a box­ing pro­moter brave enough to give this idea a try would be a pop­u­lar hero!

I want no fee for this let­ter; a ring­side seat at York Hall would do just fine! Max Win­berg

WIL­LIAMS WAS ROBBED

I’VE been in­volved in box­ing for a very long time and it’s been a while since I’ve seen a rob­bery as big as the En­ron scan­dal. Zach Parker was coura­geous and re­silient, but come on, Dar­ryll Wil­liams won that fight and de­serves an im­me­di­ate re­match to set the record straight. As for the judges who scored in favour of Parker, they should be held to ac­count. Cas­sius Camp­bell

BUR­NETT’S BAD LUCK

BOX­ING can be such a cruel sport at times, and I can’t ex­press enough how sorry I felt for Ryan Bur­nett af­ter he was forced to re­tire from his WBSS clash with Nonito Don­aire due to in­jury. Ryan’s hands-down, flashy style that has es­tab­lished him at the top of the 118lb di­vi­sion is one of the most eye-catch­ing in the whole sport, and it’s such a shame that we won’t get a chance to see it in the cur­rent ban­tamweight tour­na­ment. Here’s hop­ing he makes a full re­cov­ery from his in­jury and gets a well-de­served shot at who­ever the even­tual win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion turns out to be. Andy Par­sons

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/AN­DREW COULDRIDGE

THE LAST TIME: Joshua clumps Hrove Kisicek at York Hall in 2013

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