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Joshua-Takam Ratings: 334K for Live Telecast, 309K for Replay

By Keith Idec

Anthony Joshua’s level of opponent impacted U.S. television ratings Saturday much more than attendance.

Roughly 78,000 fans packed Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, to watch England’s Joshua stop Carlos Takam in the 10th round of their heavyweight title fight. Showtime’s live broadcast of Joshua-Takam drew an average audience of 334,000 viewers, according to ratings released by Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday.

Showtime’s live telecast began in the afternoon in the United States (5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT). The average viewership for the premium-cable network’s same-day replay, which started at 10:40 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, was 309,000.

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Joshua’s last live fight on Showtime drew higher ratings, but those ratings reflected the magnitude and entertaining nature of that bout, despite that it also began in the afternoon in the United States.

That fight – Joshua’s career-defining, 11th-round stoppage of long-reigning former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko – drew a live average audience of 659,000, nearly double the viewership of Joshua-Takam. The Joshua-Klitschko same-day replay, broadcast by HBO, was watched by an average of 738,000 viewers.

A capacity crowd of approximately 90,000 filled London’s Wembley Stadium for the Joshua-Klitschko fight.

Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) was supposed to make a mandatory defense of his IBF title against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night. Cameroon’s Takam (35-4-1, 27 KOs) replaced Pulev on 12 days’ notice once Pulev pulled out due to a shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old Joshua scored a knockdown against the rugged Takam in the fourth round and opened cuts around both of Takam’s eyes. The determined Takam never stopped coming forward, though, and made it difficult for Joshua to land clean punches on him.

Joshua shook Takam with a right hand in the 10th round and followed up with multiple punches that didn’t connect cleanly. Referee Phil Edwards still stepped in for what was widely viewed as a premature stoppage at 1:34 of the 10th round.

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Chillman on 11-03-2017

FYI: AJ vs Takam got 2.73 million viewers and a 16.2% market share in Germany at 11 pm local time (on free tv network RTL). Germany has about 1/4 of the USA's population.

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 11-02-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing42;18178086]You must be a limey that's mad your country can't produce great fighters like ours[/QUOTE] Greats like Wilder, Breazeale,Molina and Martin? Lol you can keep your greats.

Comment by Boxing42 on 11-01-2017

[QUOTE=LetOutTheCage;18177021]What a great insult, you must be American.[/QUOTE] You must be a limey that's mad your country can't produce great fighters like ours

Comment by MrRolltide91 on 11-01-2017

He will fight in the US

Comment by koolkc107 on 11-01-2017

No one is saying AJ needs the US...yet. 20M-what he made on the Klitschko fight- dollars is nothing to sneeze at. But, he isn't going to get the 30M and 40M and up paydays from Britain and Germany alone. Sooner…

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