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Beltran-Pedraza ESPN Triple - Telecast Averaged 532K Viewers

By Keith Idec

ESPN’s boxing ratings slipped Saturday night from the viewership the network attracted the previous week.

Nielsen Media Research revealed Tuesday that ESPN’s three-bout broadcast Saturday night from Glendale, Arizona, was watched by an average audience of 532,000. Its telecast the prior Saturday night, a two-fight show from Atlantic City on August 18, averaged 686,000 viewers.

The main event Saturday night was a lightweight title fight in which Jose Pedraza defeated Ray Beltran by unanimous decision. Puerto Rico’s Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) was sharp throughout their 12-round bout, dropped Phoenix’s Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs, 1 NC) with an uppercut in the 11th round and won by scores of 117-110, 117-110 and 115-112 to take the WBO 135-pound championship from him.

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The telecast Saturday night from Gila River Arena also included knockout victories by WBO super bantamweight champ Isaac Dogboe and women’s junior lightweight prospect Mikaela Mayer.

Ghana’s Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) knocked out Japan’s Hidenori Otake (31-3-3, 14 KOs) in the first round. The 37-year-old Otake hadn’t been knocked out in his 36-fight, 12-year pro career before Dogboe caught him with a left hook that knocked him down very early into their scheduled 12-round, 122-pound title bout.

Otake got up, but Dogboe continued to hurt him. Referee Chris Flores stepped in to stop the bout 2:18 into it.

Mayer, a 2016 Olympian from Los Angeles, knocked down Edina Kiss in the first round and scored a technical-knockout victory when Hungary’s Kiss (14-8, 8 KOs) decided not to leave her corner for the fourth round.

Below are the average ratings for each of promoter Top Rank’s five shows that aired live on the network this summer:

Date/Site          Main Event                                              Viewers

August 25       Jose Pedraza-Ray Beltran                            532,000
Glendale, Arizona

August 18        Bryant Jennings-Alexander Dimitrenko     686,000
Atlantic City

July 14              Regis Prograis-Juan Jose Velasco              518,000
New Orleans

July 7                 Egidijus Kavaliauskas-Juan Abreu           534,000
Fresno, California

June 30              Gilberto Ramirez-Alexis Angulo              632,000
Oklahoma City

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.


User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 08-29-2018

[QUOTE=paulf;19056613]You guys are aware that Sportscenter only averages 500k viewers, right? There aren't millions of people just sitting around watching ESPN at any given minute.[/QUOTE] ESPN can get the same ratings running reruns of sportscenter lol. Espn tapes sc in…

Comment by jas on 08-29-2018

the time in between fights is way too long ufc has much quicker turnover between fights and it makes more sense boxing simply does not cater to the viewing public in that regard, they are simply trying to maximise peak…

Comment by Chuckguy on 08-29-2018

[QUOTE=becauseihaveto;19055625]and espn signed an extension with top rank? can't be happy with ratings like this.[/QUOTE] Fight put me to sleep so I decided to stop watching

Comment by mrlopez on 08-29-2018

[QUOTE=KTFOKING;19056546]TR will eventually have to do better ratings or else ESPN will probably start to pull back on their boxing investment as the years go on. Unless Top Rank starts to pull in bigger names, they will need to start…

Comment by paulf on 08-29-2018

You guys are aware that Sportscenter only averages 500k viewers, right? There aren't millions of people just sitting around watching ESPN at any given minute.

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