Frank Warren has criticised rival boxing promoters for aiding “reptiles trying to fleece the fans” through the secondary ticketing market.
Warren has in the past been critical of the partnership between rival Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sports, which works with Anthony Joshua, and its partnership with StubHub.
Warren, the promoter behind Carl Frampton and Billy Joe Saunders, responded on social media to fans’ concerns over tickets being syphoned off to resellers by promoters themselves. One fan said he was quoted a price of £275 (€309/$374) for a £131 ticket.
For starters we don’t give them tickets like other promoters or are sponsored by them. There are under 50 Frampton tickets on Stubhub, put on by reptiles trying to fleece the fans.. compared to Bellew v Haye where there are about 500 (the magic number)https://t.co/EN6Yu4TyKW
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) January 11, 2018
When asked what he was doing to limit reselling, Warren compared the number of tickets listed via secondary sites for the upcoming fight between Frampton and Nonito Donaire and the Matchroom-backed bout between David Haye and Tony Bellew.
He tweeted: “For starters we don’t give them tickets like other promoters or are sponsored by them.
“There are under 50 Frampton tickets on Stubhub, put on by reptiles trying to fleece the fans…compared to Bellew v Haye where there are about 500 (the magic number).”
Warren has worked with some of the biggest fighters in British boxing history, including Frank Bruno, Joe Calzaghe, Chris Eubank and Amir Khan, as well as Mike Tyson.