Top 10 Biggest Boxing Attendances

2017 has been a huge year for boxing as IBF, WBA (Super), and IBO World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has fought in front of more than 75,000 fans on two separate occasions this year.

On top of that, we saw Floyd Mayweather, Jr. call an end to his career after reaching 50-0 with a victory over MMA fighter-turned-boxer, Connor McGregor, which smashed pay-per-view buy-rate records.

This weekend, fans will be looking forward to the bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux in New York, for the WBO super featherweight championship.

The Ukrainian is currently clear favorite with bookmaker Betfair, which has boxing betting odds of 1/5 for a Lomachenko victory. The fight takes place at the famous Madison Square Garden, and although it won't come close to setting a boxing attendance record, you can expect a full capacity.

Here are the top 10 biggest boxing attendances on record:

Jack Doyle vs. Jack Petersen -- 70k at the White City Stadium, London (August 12, 1933)

It is estimated that just over 70,000 spectators watched Welshman Jack Petersen beat Irishman Jack "Gorgeous Gael" Doyle at White City Stadium, London, in July 1933. The two boxers were undefeated heading into the bout before Petersen came out with a 26-0 record and Doyle 10-1. Doyle had been disqualified for repeated low blows.

Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam -- 78k at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (October 28, 2017)

Earlier this year, Anthony Joshua entered the top 10 boxing attendance record for a second time, for his match versus Carlos Takam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. 35-year-old Takam had only agreed to the fight 12 days prior after Joshua's original opponent, Kubrat Pulev, pulled out with a shoulder injury. The Brit won by TKO in round 10.

Carl Froch vs. George Groves -- 80k at Wembley Stadium, London (May 31, 2014)

After their initial fight at the Manchester Arena in November 2013, Carl Froch and George Groves stepped into the squared circle at Wembley Stadium in May 2014 in front of a crowd of 80,000. Froch's unified WBA (Regular) and IBF super-middleweight titles were at stake as before and this time Froch won by TKO in round 9.

Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko -- 90k at Wembley Stadium, London (April 29, 2017)

Anthony Joshua's top entry in our list was for his much-hyped fight with Wladimir Klitschko back in April at Wembley Stadium. In front of a post-war British record crowd of 90,000 in attendance -- the biggest crowd for a heavyweight fight in 90 years -- Joshua knocked out the Ukrainian boxing legend in round 11.

Len Harvey vs. Jock McAvoy -- 90k at the White City Stadium, London (July 10, 1939)

Reports indicate that 90,000 fans watched on at White City Stadium in July 1939 to see Len Harvey win the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight belts against Jock McAvoy. Harvey finished the fight with a series of rights in the 15th and final round.

Max Schmelling vs. Walter Neusel -- 102k at the Sandbahn Lokstedt, Hamburg (August 26, 1934)

The biggest boxing attendance in Europe reportedly took place in Hamburg, Germany in August 1934, when Max Schmeling took on fellow German Walter Neusel at the Sandbahn Lokstedt. Schmelling won the bout with the deadly fists forcing the former heavyweight champion into submission. Neusel was left bleeding profusely and palpably unable to continue.

Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney -- 104,943 at Soldier Field, Chicago (September 22, 1927)

A crowd of 104,943 produced a gate of $2,858,660 in September 1927 in a rematch between American duo Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney at Soldier Field, Chicago, the current home of Chicago's NFL team, the Bears. Tunney had opened as the bookmakers favorite and lived up to his reputation by winning the bout, albeit by unanimous decision.

Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney -- 120,757 at the Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia (September 23, 1926)

The first fight between Dempsey and Tunney took place a year earlier at the Sesquicentennial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, later known as the John F. Kennedy Stadium before its closure in 1992. Gene Tunney also won this fight by unanimous decision.

Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen -- 132,274 at the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City (February 20, 1993)

In what was probably the only time in boxing history that the ring was surrounded by a moat and barbed wire, Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez fought Greg Haugen in front of more than 130,000 at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on 20 February 1993. The country's fans came to watch their hero Chavez lay a merciless beating on Haugen, winning the bout in the fifth round to go 85-0.

Tony Zale vs. Billy Pryor -- 135,132 at Juneau Park, Milwaukee (August 16, 1941)

Police estimated 135,000 fans turned out to see this free show outdoors at Juneau Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August 1941. The attendance is believed to be the largest in boxing history, as Tony Zale floored Billy Pryor several times before knocking him out.

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