By Keith Idec
A low-profile super bantamweight bout that lasted until after midnight on the East Coast still managed to generate FS1’s best viewership for boxing in seven months.
Nielsen Media Research statistics released Tuesday revealed that the basic cable channel’s broadcast Saturday night of the Brandon Figueroa-Javier Chacon fight drew a peak viewership of 421,000. That’s more viewers than have tuned in for any FS1 boxing broadcast since IBF super middleweight champ Caleb Plant’s 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Jose Uzcategui attracted a peak audience of 986,000 on January 13 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
FS1’s entire telecast Saturday night, which lasted more than two hours, drew an average audience of 345,000 viewers. Combined with FOX Deportes and FOX Streaming services, an average of 432,000 viewers watched this Premier Boxing Champions offering from Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas.
FS1 is available in more than 80 million households in the United States.
The 22-year-old Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs), of nearby Weslaco, Texas, knocked out Chacon (29-5-1, 9 KOs) in the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round fight for Figueroa’s WBA interim 122-pound championship.
Figueroa floored Chacon, a 38-year-old veteran from Argentina, with a right uppercut. Chacon couldn’t recover, which led to referee Rafael Ramos stopping the action exactly two minutes into the fourth round.
The broadcast also featured Philadelphia’s Stephen Fulton (17-0, 8 KOs), who knocked out Mexico’s Isaac Avelar (16-1, 10 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round, 122-pound bout.
Fulton snuck a left hook around Avelar’s guard and sent him to his gloves and knees with 1:46 to go in the fifth round. A temporarily immobilized Avelar didn’t attempt to get up before referee Tony Garcia counted him out at 1:26 of the fifth round.
FS1’s show also included Omar Juarez (5-0, 3 KOs), a 20-year-old junior welterweight prospect from nearby Brownsville, Texas. Juarez scored a first-round knockout of Gino De la Paz (2-3-1, 1 KO), of McAllen, Texas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.