Golovkin-Monroe Draws Audience of More than 1.3 Million

by David P. Greisman

Not only does Gennady Golovkin attract crowds from coast to coast in New York City and Southern California, but the power-punching middleweight titleholder also continues to be a reliable ratings draw for HBO.

Golovkin’s sixth-round technical knockout over Willie Monroe this past Saturday had an average audience of 1.338 million viewers, peaking at 1.474 million people, according to ratings estimates compiled by Nielsen Media Research.

That’s a slight bump up from Golovkin’s previous primetime appearance on HBO, a two-round win over Marco Antonio Rubio in October that had an average of 1.304 million viewers. Golovkin’s win over Martin Murray this past February took place in Europe and was split between a live HBO broadcast during the day and a replay later that evening.

It was also HBO’s third-highest rating of 2015. The highest, of course, belongs to the May 9 card featuring Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland, which drew an exceptional average audience of 2.146 million viewers, peaking at nearly 2.3 million. After that came Wladimir Klitschko’s win over Bryant Jennings on April 25, which had an average of 1.637 million viewers and peaked at 1.742 million.

This was Golovkin’s eighth appearance on the network. His ratings since his debut are:

- September 2012, vs. Gregorz Proksa — 685,000 viewers

- January 2013, vs. Gabriel Rosado — 813,000 viewers

- June 2013, vs. Matthew Macklin — 1.097 million viewers

- November 2013, vs. Curtis Stevens — 1.41 million viewers

- July 2014, vs. Daniel Geale — 984,000 viewers

- October 2014, vs. Marco Antonio Rubio — 1.304 million viewers

- February 2015, vs. Martin Murray — 862,000 for the live late afternoon broadcast, 571,000 for the replay later that night

- May 2015, vs. Willie Monroe — 1.338 million viewers

On the undercard, flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez got a bit of a rub from being on the same broadcast. His HBO debut, a two-round destruction of Edgar Sosa, averaged 961,000 viewers and peaked at 1.018 million.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 05-19-2015

[QUOTE=GRIP STACCIN;15707414]lol wow didnt ward draw more against rodroguez or whatever the fck that dudes name was?[/QUOTE] ward-vs whatever the fck did 1.2 million which shows you that ward has no star power. he's american and can't even do as…

Comment by krazyn8tive on 05-19-2015

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;15706960]Things Putoricans say LOL, just to demerit Canelos 2.3 million with Kirkland compare with Kneegay Jotto 1.3 with Delvin Rodriguez and the same # or less vs Trout. Envy is a terrible thing...Cotto star is slowly dwindleling down in to…

Comment by GRIP STACCIN on 05-19-2015

lol wow didnt ward draw more against rodroguez or whatever the fck that dudes name was?

Comment by SkillspayBills on 05-19-2015

All 1.3 million had to have enjoyed the show. Two good ole fashioned ass beatings and KO's. GGG and Roman may be a combo made in heaven.

Comment by croz on 05-19-2015

[QUOTE=Redd Foxx;15707045]Hell yea they would. If he's getting 1.3 from an unknown then it's only common sense that he'd get big numbers with Ward and easily over 1.5 w/ Lara. As dull as Lara may be, people know he's legit…

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