Crawford-Diaz Fight Peaked at 1.036M Viewers, Averaged 961K

By Keith Idec

Terence Crawford delivered in and out of the ring Saturday night.

The unbeaten WBC/WBO super lightweight champion’s superb performance against Felix Diaz drew the largest audience for a bout broadcast on cable television this year. According to ratings released by Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday morning, Crawford-Diaz attracted a peak audience of 1,036,000 on HBO and averaged 961,000 viewers.

Those ratings eclipsed viewership of the Vasyl Lomachenko-Jason Sosa fight – the previous high for 2017. The Ukrainian southpaw’s spectacularly thorough defeat of Sosa lured a peak audience of 886,000 and an average viewership of 832,000 on April 8 from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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From a ratings perspective, Crawford also out-performed his previous appearance on HBO. That fight, an eight-round domination of John Molina Jr. on December 10 in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, attracted a peak audience of 871,000 and averaged 860,000 viewers.

Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs) was typically perceived as a better opponent than Molina (29-7, 23 KOs), but Crawford handled him with comparable ease.

Crawford figured out the left-handed Diaz within the first few rounds of their scheduled 12-round fight. The 29-year-old Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) then brilliantly boxed his way to a demoralizing performance that forced Diaz’s trainer, Joel Diaz, to tell referee Steve Willis to stop their fight following a particularly one-sided 10th round.

The right-handed Crawford spent the entire bout boxing out of a southpaw stance, which helped negate Diaz’s right hand and made Crawford tougher to hit. The former lightweight champion also used his left uppercut effectively in picking apart an opponent who won a gold medal for the Dominican Republic at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The opener of HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader also drew respectable ratings Saturday night.

Ray Beltran’s spectacular second-round knockout of Jonathan Maicelo produced a peak viewership of 723,000 and averaged 687,000 viewers. Those figures were higher than the ratings produced by the first two main events HBO televised live in 2017.

Those two bouts – Miguel Berchelt’s stoppage of Francisco Vargas on January 28 and David Lemieux’s sensational knockout of Curtis Stevens on March 11 – drew respective peak/average audiences of 549,000/497,000 and 672,000/606,000.

Beltran (33-7, 21 KOs, 1 NC), a Mexican immigrant, didn’t just earn a shot at the IBF light championship by knocking Peru’s Maicelo (25-3, 12 KOs, 1 NC) unconscious with a lead left hook. The longtime Phoenix resident also improved his chances of earning his green card, which would enable him to remain in the United States with his wife and three children.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CONTROVERSIAL on 05-24-2017

[quote=greeneye99;17699108]wrong isn't cable[/quote] hbo is premium cable right?

Comment by greeneye99 on 05-24-2017

[QUOTE=CONTROVERSIAL;17696932]i know but isnt hbo premium cable? The article calls it cable like its cbs.... So like i said the highest rated fight this year was thurman vs garcia on cable right?[/QUOTE] WRONG Again.....CBS isn't cable

Comment by greeneye99 on 05-24-2017

[QUOTE=CONTROVERSIAL;17696782]so cbs isnt cable but hbo is cable? Lol[/QUOTE] Lol jokes on you bud Where do you live in Sudan? Nbc Abc Cbs & Fox are "over the air television networks" you can watch these channels without a Cable subscription…

Comment by ldcollins on 05-24-2017

Are you talking about GGG or Crawford. GGG 35 years old and still can't sell a ppv. He had to beg Canelo to fight him so he could get a successful ppv fight. All he's been fed is tomato cans.

Comment by jonnyc420 on 05-23-2017

[QUOTE=marikudo;17697556]Not exciting indeed. He should be a superstar and a PPV star by now if he is really that good. But most fans know that he was fed with tomato cans to make him look good.[/QUOTE] All greats have their…

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