British professional boxer Anthony Joshua, who is set to take on Jarrell Miller in the World Boxing Champions match this June, broke the record for highest grossing pre-sale of a boxing event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Joshua is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, holding three of the four major championships in boxing: the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA), and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is best-known for participating in the 2012 Olympics, representing Great Britain, where he won gold.
“We know that AJ is a huge box office hit in the UK but to break the pre-sale record at the iconic Madison Square Garden is astounding,” promoter Eddie Hearn said in a statement. “We are building a huge event on June 1 and we look forward to the all the build-up beginning with next Tuesdays press conference in New York.”
While the arena did not reveal the record-breaking figure, MSG’s executive vice president of Marquee Events, Joel Fisher, said that the venue is “thrilled with the early excitement for tickets.” He encouraged fans to buy tickets as the “fight will sell out.”
Since going professional, Joshua’s victory against Wladimir Klitschko was named “Fight of the Year” by The Ring magazine and Boxing Writers Association of America. As of last September, Joshua was ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight; he finished every fight to date aside from one in a knockout.
The World Boxing Champions match will take place on June 1.