Showtime’s viewership elevated Saturday evening for its broadcast of Brandon Figueroa’s knockout of Luis Nery.
Nielsen Media Analysis reported Tuesday that a mean of 221,000 viewers watched Showtime’s primary occasion from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California. The typical viewership for the Figueroa-Nery combat was greater than the prior primary occasion Showtime televised.
That bout, undefeated welterweight contender Jaron Ennis’ sixth-round knockout of Sergey Lipinets, was watched by a mean viewers of 187,000 on April 10 from Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Nielsen’s numbers embrace solely those who watched Figueroa-Nery dwell on linear tv. People who considered it by way of Showtime’s streaming service aren’t obtainable as a result of ViacomCBS, the father or mother firm of Showtime and BoxingScene.com, doesn’t launch streaming figures.
The 24-year-old Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) knocked Nery to the canvas with a left uppercut to the physique within the seventh spherical. The beforehand unbeaten Nery couldn’t beat referee Thomas Taylor’s rely and the previous WBC bantamweight champ misplaced for the primary time as knowledgeable (31-1, 24 KOs).
Figueroa, who gained the WBC tremendous bantamweight championship from Nery, was forward on one scorecard and even on one other card in a fan-friendly combat by way of six rounds. Decide Zachary Younger had Figueroa in entrance 58-56 on the time of the stoppage, however decide Lou Moret scored 5 of the primary six rounds for Nery (59-55) and decide Edward Hernandez Sr. scored their combat a draw by way of its scheduled midway level (57-57).
Beating Nery moved Figueroa, of Weslaco, Texas, right into a 122-pound title unification combat towards WBO champ Stephen Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs). Showtime will televise the bout between Figueroa and Philadelphia’s Fulton on September 11 from an undetermined venue.
Earlier than Figueroa defeated Nery, Showtime’s co-feature, Danny Roman’s factors victory over Ricardo Espinoza, drew a mean viewership of 213,000.
Los Angeles’ Roman (29-3-1, 10 KOs) fended off the aggressive Mexican and out-boxed Espinoza (25-4, 21 KOs) to win a unanimous determination of their 10-round junior featherweight combat. Judges Rudy Barragan (98-92), Hernandez (98-92) and Younger (97-93) all scored Roman, a former IBF/WBA 122-pound champ, the winner by comfy margins.
The opener of Showtime’s three-bout broadcast, Xavier Martinez’s unanimous-decision defeat of Juan Carlos Burgos, was watched by a mean of 168,000 viewers. Sacramento’s Martinez (17-0, 11 KOs) beat Burgos (34-5-2, 21 KOs) by the identical rating, 99-91, on all three playing cards, however the Mexican veteran made their 10-round junior light-weight combat aggressive.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.