I don't disagree that Enfusions claims of "huge losses" are insane when they probably had a flimsy verbal agreement at best and no work at all having been put into actually organising the event.
However, Badr is (probably) the biggest name in kickboxing and his popularity - especially in this corner of the world - is off the charts. I have no doubt he can sell 18k in tickets. No matter who he fights.
I mean, I dunno. It's Showtime during the golden years barely drew 20,000. I don't doubt that he's popular and would draw a crowd, but nobody has tried to draw with him on that level in a very long time.
It's Showtime in Lyon was in a 10,000 seat arena. GLORY was a 12,000 seat arena. That was with major media pushes in the Netherlands and against the biggest possible name opponent still on the market.
Enfusion is running venues that can fit a few hundred people at best, occasionally a bit bigger, but not much. GLORY couldn't sell out an arena with Robin van Roosmalen or Nieky Holzken in the Netherlands and while they aren't on Badr's level, they have had constant media attention.
Enfusion claiming that they'd sell 18,000 tickets in a building they don't actually have rented and that Hari signing with someone else is costing them "ONE MILLION DOLLARS" is the best comedy to end 2017 with.
The lesson we all learn here is that if someone is exploiting their kid for personal gain via the internet just don't engage. This was a dumb story and I had to see all of these fight industry people I know via Facebook start acting all tough and talk about how IF SOMEONE BULLIES YOU, YOU PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE.
Great job, glad all of these "martial arts" people took absolutely zero away from their martial arts training outside of the punches, kicks, knees, elbows and chokes.
Apparently Tyrone Spong contacted GLORY about wanting to fight Badr?