Abraham-Smith II Draws Over 4 Million Home Viewers

By Jake Donovan

As a continued reminder that boxing remains a far more celebrated sport beyond U.S. borders, Arthur Abraham’s rematch win over Paul Smith proved to be a big hit with viewers in Germany.

The bout - which aired live on SAT1 – registered more than 4 million viewers on Saturday evening. The network confirmed the news overnight, referring to the result as “[w]orld class: Arthur Abraham brings with title defense against Paul Smith strong 15.0% market share.”

Abraham (42-4, 28KOs) delivered a far more convincing performance than was the case in their first fight, though oddly with the scores much wider in their initial meet last September. The questionable ringside officiating was the only reason a rematch was ordered, though it gave Abraham a chance to prove he’s still among the best super middleweights in the world.

Smith was valiant in defeat, but outgunned particularly on the inside. The Brit brought over a throng of fans from the U.K., adding considerably to the final count of 9,000 or so packed inside the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.

Next up for “King” Arthur is a potential clash with Felix Sturm in a long-awaited matchup of two of Germany’s favorite adopted sons. Sturm announced his intentions to compete at super middleweight, turning down a chance to fight for a vacant middleweight title in specifically calling Abraham by name.

Such a fight would do massive numbers in Germany, far beyond Abraham’s impressive ratings pull on Saturday.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 02-23-2015

[QUOTE=HeroBando;15406354]Great numbers, but odd that 2/3+ of the viewers were age 50+[/QUOTE] and we all know people over 50 don't count as real people.

Comment by Beercules on 02-23-2015

Arthur "Money" Abraham

Comment by daggum on 02-23-2015

(claps politely)

Comment by HeroBando on 02-23-2015

[QUOTE=Chillman;15407148]That's mostly the case here as far as boxing broadcasts are concerned, they usually draw especially strong numbers among middle aged and older men in East Germany - Klitschko fights being the exception to the rule, those are being watched…

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 02-23-2015

Imagine the viewers if Mayweather-Pacquiao was on free TV in the US.:cool2:

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