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HBO's Tripleheader Saturday Night Peaked at 685,000 Viewers

By Keith Idec

Demetrius Andrade’s victory over Alantez Fox was the most-watched of the three boxing matches HBO televised Saturday night.

According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, the Andrade-Fox fight drew a peak audience of 685,000. An average of 613,000 viewers watched Andrade out-box Fox during a 12-round middleweight match that aired from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

His convincing victory marked the beginning of Andrade’s three-fight contract to fight exclusively on HBO. The bout between Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), a two-time 154-pound champion from Providence, Rhode Island, and Fox (23-1-1, 11 KOs), of Forestville, Maryland, started just after 11:10 p.m. ET/8:10 p.m. PT.

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The Andrade-Fox fight was the second of three bouts HBO broadcast Saturday night.

The main event from Turning Stone, Alberto Machado’s eighth-round knockout of former WBA world super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales, attracted a peak audience of 595,000 viewers and averaged 545,000. That bout began a little after 12:10 a.m. ET/9:10 p.m. PT.

Puerto Rico’s Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) came back from a fifth-round knockdown to floor Corrales (22-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC) in the eighth round. Panama’s Corrales couldn’t recover and referee Mark Nelson stopped their scheduled 12-rounder at 2:18 of the eighth round.

Machado won the WBA 130-pound championship Corrales vacated Friday by weighing in at four pounds over the super featherweight limit for their title fight.

The bout that opened HBO’s broadcast at 10:05 p.m. ET/7:05 p.m. PT on Saturday night, taped coverage of Ryan Burnett’s 12-round, unanimous-decision win against Zhanat Zhakiyanov, was watched by an average of 576,000 viewers and peaked at 618,000.

Northern Ireland’s Burnett (18-0, 9 KOs) beat Kazakhstan’s Zhakiyanov (27-2, 18 KOs) by big margins on all three scorecards to retain his IBF bantamweight title and win the WBA 118-pound championship from Zhakiyanov at SSE Arena in Belfast.

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 jonnyc420 on 10-26-2017

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18159246]Yea Fox didn't use his height and reach to his advantage. It's still some things he's got too learn. You're right though if Andrade would have pressed the action he could have got him out of there early.[/QUOTE] Fox is…

Comment by paulf on 10-25-2017

Damn, the Andrade-Fox fight killed the card dead. The Machado-Corrales fight was action, but people had already given up. You can't really knock HBO. On paper, Andrade Fox looked like it was going to be a one-sided beating/showcase KO with…

Comment by E-Thug on 10-25-2017

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;18160750]HBO still does far better numbers. those numbers are pretty good considering the names on the card.[/QUOTE] The main event was a ****ing great scrap, I stayed up until 6 AM (live in England) because I knew it would…

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 10-25-2017

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;18158996]HBO boxing numbers continue to slip. Starting to look identical to Showtime's #s (without the free trial).[/QUOTE]HBO still does far better numbers. those numbers are pretty good considering the names on the card.

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 10-25-2017

This really was like a Shobox card but Its true I only watched the Boo Boo fight and the main event

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