Rudy Markussen and Patrick Nielsen set a new TV2 Fight Night viewing record last Saturday when they clinched spectacular victories in front of a boisterous crowd in Herning. The viewing figures peaked at 772,000 during Patrick Nielsen´s win over Michael Schubov, notching a peak commercial market share of 31 percent. On average, 643,000 viewers watched the Vild med dans star as he clinched the IBF Youth Middleweight Title, translating into an average market share of 26 percent.
Markussen´s fourth-round TKO victory over Steven Bendall drew an average market share of 30 percent (543,000 viewers). “These are tremendous viewing figures that once again show how much interest there is in Danish boxing,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. Added Frederik Lauesen, Head of Sport at TV2: “We are very pleased with the viewing figures. It was a great night of boxing.”
Promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that Dereck Chisora's title challenge against WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546).
Londoner Chisora faces the three-time world champion at the Olympiahalle Munich, Germany, on February 18th - the first British fighter to challenge for a world title in 2012.
BoxNation viewers' saw Chisora's European title challenge last month against Robert Helenius in Norway when he was robbed by the judges' of a stunning victory.
If Chisora gets himself into the same physical and mental condition as he did against Helenius, he's got a chance of pulling off an incredible upset over the long-standing world champion who's ruled the division with his brother Wladimir, the WBA Super/WBO/IBF World Champion.
"I'm delighted that BoxNation have secured the rights to this fight for viewers to watch live in the UK,” Warren said. “BoxNation have televised some of the best domestic and international fights live this year and they are starting with a bang in 2012 with a big world heavyweight title involving a British fighter.
“It's a really tough fight for Chisora, but one that he can win if he gets himself in the same shape as he did against Helenius."
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