The biggest boxing attendances in history, including Rumble in the Jungle

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte could be set for 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, if promoter Frank Warren gets his way.

The pair will collide on April 23 for the WBC heavyweight title and it has been dubbed as the division’s biggest domestic clash since Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno in 1993.

Tickets were snapped up within hours of release at the start of March and it is believed more than 320,000 people applied for the event.

Below the Wembley blockbuster gets underway, we take a look at the 11 biggest boxing attendances of all-time.

11) George Foreman vs Muhammad Ali (1974)

60,000 at May 20th Stadium, DR Congo

The Rumble in The Jungle is one of the most famous fights of all time. Muhammad Ali somehow overcame George Foreman, formed the rope a dope tactic, and went on to stop one of boxing’s biggest punchers in the eighth round.

10) Jack Doyle vs Jack Petersen (1933)

Jack Doyle

70,000 at White City, London

The pair collided for the British heavyweight title and from the opening bell, both men went for the knockout. However, fans were soon left underwhelmed following the ending. Jack Doyle was disqualified in round two for landing too many low blows on his opponent.

9) Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders (2021)

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez stops Billy Joe Saunders in Texas

73,126 at AT&T Stadium in Texas

The super middleweight unification set the new record for an indoor boxing event, overtaking the previous attendance of 63,000 for Muhammad Ali’s bout against Leon Spinks in 1978.

Billy Joe Saunders retired on the stool after the eighth round after breaking his eye socket and cheek bone in three places.

8) Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker (2018)

Joshua and Hearn

75,000 at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker collided in a heavyweight unification in Wales with the WBA, IBF and WBO straps on the line.

Despite taking Joshua the full12 rounds – the first time in his professional career – Parker barely troubled the 2012 Olympic gold-medallist and Joshua won via unanimous decision.

7) Carl Froch vs George Groves 2 (2014)

Carl Frocho

80,000 at Wembley Stadium, London

The rematch fans demanded after Carl Froch won a controversial first fight in November 2013.

After getting decked in the first round, and dominated throughout the majority of the rounds, Froch fired back at Groves in round nine and it was enough for Howard Foster to intervene.

Froch would win the second encounter, silencing the critics with a stunning knockout which won Ring Magazine’s KO of the Year for 2014.

6) Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko (2017)

Anthony Joshua

90,000 at Wembley Stadium, London

This fight was regarded as one of the best heavyweight contests of the century, as both men hit the canvas inside the opening five rounds.

However, Wladimir Klitschko was unable to pull the trigger and end proceedings in round six. Anthony Joshua regrouped and knocked out heavyweight’s longest-reigning world champion in the penultimate round.

5) Max Schmelling vs Walter Neusel (1934)

102,000 at Sandbahn Lokstedt, Hamburg

This remains the biggest attendance for a boxing fight in Europe. Fans were keen to watch Europe’s first world champion Max Schmelling who was fighting in Germany for the first time since 1928.

Schmelling – who later went on to fight Joe Louis in two bouts – won the homecoming fight via TKO in round nine.

4) Jack Dempsey vs Gene Tunney 2 (1927)

Jack Dempsey

104.943 at Soldier Field, Chicago

Titled as the Long Count Fight, Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney went toe-to-toe for the second time for the heavyweight championship.

‘Long Count’ was the name because of the delayed count for Dempsey in the seventh round of their first fight by the referee. Tunney went on to win by unanimous decision.

3) Jack Dempsey vs Gene Tunney 1 (1926)

Jack Dempsey

120,757 at Soldier Field, Chicago

It became the third fight to earn more than $1million at the gate and for 15 years held the number one spot for the biggest attendance. Jack Dempsey’s purse was $770,000 while Gene Tunney was paid $200,000.

Tunney would go on to dominate the fight with Dempsey controversially avoiding a 10-count in round seven for failing to go and remain in a neutral corner.

New York’s Tunney won by unanimous decision. The surprising victory saw Tunney win Ring Magazine’s Upset of the Year

2) Julio Cesar Chavez vs Greg Haugen (1993)

132,274 at Azteca Stadium, Mexico City

Prior to the fight, Greg Haugen claimed Julio Cesar Chavez was overhyped and claimed his 84-0 unbeaten record was full of ‘Tijuana taxi drivers’.

Mexico’s Chavez defended his WBC super lightweight title in front of more than 130,000 fans in attendance and won the bout inside five rounds. In all honesty, it was a brutal beating.

1) Tony Zale vs Billy Pryor (1941)

135.132 at Juneau Park, Milwaukee

Tony Zale and Billy Pryor are the two fighters who still hold the record for boxing’s biggest attendance although it was a non-paying crowd.

Zale successfully defended his middleweight title, knocking him down eight times before the fight eventually got stopped in the ninth round.

Read more: 50 facts you may not know about Muhammad Ali

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