Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

ESPN's Valdez-Quigg Show Watched By Average of 1.1M Viewers

By Keith Idec

The ratings for Oscar Valdez’s fight Saturday night were significantly higher than for his previous ESPN appearance.

The card headlined by Valdez’s victory over Scott Quigg drew an average of 1.1 million viewers, according to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Valdez’s previous fight on ESPN, a unanimous-decision defeat of Genesis Servania on September 22, helped draw an average audience of 706,000.

England’s Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KOs) was considered a greater threat to the WBO featherweight champion than the Philippines’ Servania (30-1, 13 KOs), who dropped Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) during the fourth round. Quigg connected with a right hand in the fifth round that fractured Valdez’s jaw, but the determined Mexican champion fought through the pain and won a 12-round unanimous decision Saturday night in Carson, California.

valdez-quigg-fight (13)

A rare rainstorm in Southern California kept thousands of fans from attending the Valdez-Quigg card, which took place outdoors at StubHub Center. But the ratings represented a significant increase from the first two cards ESPN televised this year as part of its partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

The first Top Rank card ESPN aired this year averaged 741,000 viewers February 3. That show was headlined by WBO super middleweight champ Gilberto Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs), who stopped Ghana’s Habib Ahmed (25-1-1, 17 KOs) in the sixth round in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Top Rank’s second ESPN offering of 2018 attracted an average viewership of 703,000 on February 16. In the main event of that show, Phoenix’s Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs, 1 NC) defeated Namibia’s Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs, 1 NC) by unanimous decision to win the then-vacant WBO lightweight title in Reno, Nevada.

The ratings for the Valdez-Quigg telecast might’ve been even higher had the main event not mostly aired at the same time as Showtime’s main event, Mikey Garcia-Sergey Lipinets.

The Garcia-Lipinets fight was watched by a peak audience of 689,000 and an average audience of 618,000. Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs), of Oxnard, California, beat Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the IBF junior welterweight title and became a world champion in a fourth weight class.

ESPN, a basic cable channel, is available in approximately 88 million homes in the United States. Showtime, a premium cable channel, has roughly 24 million subscribers in the U.S.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 05-15-2018

Are they saying Lomachenko-Linares did better than this?

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 03-14-2018

Well these numbers are hard to believe. All that talk about showtime,putting the nails in the coffin of espn,and,hbo and the numbers just dont add up haha

Comment by FRANKIE420247 on 03-14-2018

Say what u will, the Bob father is the best promoter in the world.

Comment by Catrin on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;18570858]Valdez is a star incoming but needs to take the rest of the Year off, he's taken lots of punishment in his last 4 fights! He throws with nasty intentions, good combos, punch selections, heavy handed and more heart than…

Comment by Catrin on 03-13-2018

Muchas felicidades campeon valdez! Wishing you a fast and safe recovery... FOTY!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Brandon Rios: If Hearn Presents a Title Shot Next - I'm There! Photos: Jean Pascal in Top Form, Grinds For Dmitry Bivol Clash Anvar Yunusov Stops Jose Salinas in Seventh Round Jarrell Miller: If No Joshua - I'd Fight Whyte, Chisora, Allen or Price! Firat Arslan, Sefer Seferi Battle To a Draw: Chudinov Faces Mendy Photos: Matchroom Girls Hit The Kansas Star Arena Photos: Brandon Rios Batters and Stops Ramon Alvarez Hearn: Wilder-Fury Will Be Terrible; Fury Will Get Knocked Out Photos: Jarrell Miller Crushes Bogdan Dinu in The Fourth Spence: Jermell Charlo Beats Hurd, Enters Pound-For-Pound Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias Battle To a Split Draw Photos: Claressa Shields Earns More Gold, Easily Beats Rankin Archie Sharp Aims To Land Ryan Garcia, His Female Fans Too Buboy Studying Broner, Getting Pacquiao's Camp Ready Rizin CEO Warns: Nasukawa Will Aim To Knock Mayweather Out! Josh Kelly: Usyk Not Ready For Joshua, Can He Take The Power? Seniesa Estrada Wins Big; Tom Schwarz and Krasniqi Win Too Jarrell Miller Blasts Out Bogdan Dinu in Four Rounds Jarrell Miller vs. Bogdan Dinu - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Claressa Shields Dominates Hannah Rankin, Wins Decision Claressa Shields vs. Hannah Rankin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Brandon Rios Breaks Down, Stops Ramon Alvarez in Ninth Brandon Rios vs. Ramon Alvarez - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias Fight To a Twelve Round Split Draw Gabe Rosado vs. Luis Arias - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Miller-Dinu Undercard Results From Mulvane, Kansas Kerman Lejarraga Knocks Frankie Gavin Out in Fourth Round Harley Benn Gets Win, Moves To 5-0 In Brentwood Michael Dutchover Takes Out Ruben Tamayo in Three Rounds Liam Taylor Beats Tyrone Nurse, Moves Closer To British Title Cornflake Beats Arnaoutis, Driven To Be 'World-Class-Level Fighter' Luis Coria Faces Stiff Test in Thomas Valdez in Arizona Jarrell Miller: Deontay Wilder Might Knock Tyson Fury's Head Off! Spence, Crawford Trade Heated Words - Agree on $1 Million Bet Chordale Booker Ready To Show He's 'The Gift' in North Carolina Kerman Lejarraga Will Become a Huge Attraction, Says DiBella Promoter: Dinu's A Top-10 Heavyweight; Toughest Fight For Miller Omar Figueroa Craves Errol Spence Rematch in The Future Jarrell Miller: I'll Impose Will On Dinu & Get Him Out Of There Photos: Maurice Hooker Breaks Down, Stops Alex Saucedo
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement