Even if you didn’t watch the fight, you know someone who did.

Fighters and lovers of the sport seemed to have crept into every corner of the city Sunday morning. Even with the gloomy conditions brought by Typhoon Pakhar, the city still glowed with excitement.

Typhoon Pakhar did not stop the expat community from watching the fight
Photo credit: Thatsmags.com

So where did people go?

There were 8 total locations showing the money fight across Shenzhen’s 6 major districts. Of the 8 locations, 7 of them were in Futian and Shekou. Rogue bar stayed true to its name, as it was the only venue to stream the fight in Nanshan.

Clearly, there’s a huge location disparity when it comes to catering to special expat interests. This fight was one of the most anticipated boxing matches since the (disappointing) “Fight of the Century” with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in 2015. With two-thirds of expats living between Futian and Nanshan, its surprising more locations in Nanshan didn’t open their doors. Shekou has the highest concentration of expats, so it makes sense that almost half of the viewings were there.

The venues were packed with all kinds of personalities and nationalities. Chinese fighters, Mongolian trainers, British teachers, Russian marketers, French business owners, and more. Despite Bao’An, Long Hua, and Luo Hu not having any viewings, expat residents either hopped on the train or used Didi to get to their destination.

Pictured are Invincible gym members celebrating at the Brew
Photo credit: Invincible Gym WeChat Account

Things to Consider

This raises some important questions. How far are expats willing to travel for these kinds of events? Is this unique to boxing? To international sporting events? Is location more important than food and drink specials? Stay tuned to Ahaa’s blog to learn more as we uncover the answers.

Nanshan-based Rogue bar was packed for the fiight.
Photo credit: Rogue WeChat Account

Cover photo credit: telegraph.co.uk