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Frampton-Avalos Draws Nearly 2 Million Viewers On ITV

By Terence Dooley
 
Carl Frampton stopped California's Chris Avalos in five rounds at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Saturday night in the maiden defence of his IBF Super bantamweight title.  The fight was terrestrial channel ITV’s first foray into boxing for over five years and a rare case of a free-to-air world title boxing match. 
 
Frampton, 20-0 (14), battered the challenger en route to retaining his IBF title and called for a fight with Scott Quigg, who holds the WBA World title.  The Belfast-based boxer strengthened his case by posting relatively healthy viewing figures for the fight, which took place at 10.50pm, hardly prime time, and underlined his popularity by packing out another big venue. 
 
Viewing figures for the fight peaked at 1.9 million with an average of around 1.1 million (information courtesy of @TVRatingsUK and @LiamHamilton16—via BARB) and will provide food for thought for the channel’s executives. 

[Editor's Note: The bout also aired live on AWE (A Wealth of Entertainment) in the United States. Ratings data is not yet available as this goes to publish.—JD]
 
Coupled with his healthy gates, the healthy TV ratings will help the 28-year-old in his quest nail down a unification fight with either Quigg, 30-0-2 (22) or WBC holder Leo Santa Cruz, 29-0-1 (17) before trying to lure Guillermo Rigondeaux, the division's true Champion, over to Ireland for another big night of boxing.
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by croz on 03-04-2015

I don't like posting on boxing forums anymore due to the painful level of self destructive negativity in the fan base but the people trying to say this was bad are way off. It was the most watched show on…

Comment by MrTambourineMan on 03-03-2015

[QUOTE=LacedUp;15431132]And considering it was [B]more or less competing with a Tyson Fury show[/B], I think 2 million is a pretty good number.[/QUOTE] Take that into account, and 2 Million is a mind-blowing figure. He pried 2 million sets of eyes…

Comment by LacedUp on 03-03-2015

And considering it was more or less competing with a Tyson Fury show, I think 2 million is a pretty good number.

Comment by Cloud on 03-02-2015

[FONT="Times New Roman"][COLOR="Red"]More than I expected! Hope Carl returns and draws more viewers in. We'll never see the free to air television numbers that Benn-Eubank drew ever again though. Not unless something incredible happens. FFS even Andy Murray winning Wimbledon…

Comment by Humean on 03-02-2015

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;15429101]What did Murray-Golovkin do?[/QUOTE] It did 740,000

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