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Lomachenko-Sosa Peaked at 886K Viewers on HBO; Averaged 832K

By Keith Idec

An increasing amount of viewers want to watch Vasyl Lomachenko, even in one-sided fights.

The Ukrainian star’s nine-round domination of Jason Sosa generated the highest rating for a boxing match on premium cable thus far in 2017. According to ratings released by Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday morning, a peak audience of 886,000 viewers tuned in to HBO on Saturday night to watch another superb performance from Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs).

An average of 832,000 viewers watched the uniquely skilled southpaw defend his WBO world super featherweight title against Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) in the main event of HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” tripleheader. Raul Rivas, Sosa’s trainer, stopped their fight following nine rounds at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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The highest-rated fight to air on premium cable this year before Lomachenko-Sosa was Showtime’s broadcast of Adrien Broner-Adrian Granados. Broner’s 10-round, split-decision win against Granados peaked at 859,000 viewers and averaged 779,000 on February 18 from Cincinnati.

Lomachenko-Sosa also was by far the most-watched live bout HBO has televised this year. The previous high for the four live fights HBO televised this year was the peak viewership for David Lemieux’s spectacular third-round knockout of Curtis Stevens (672,000) on March 11 from Verona, New York.

The 29-year-old Lomachenko’s last fight on HBO, another dominant performance against former featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, drew a peak audience of 761,000 on November 26 from Las Vegas.

The first two fights HBO aired Saturday night also out-performed the network’s first two live main events in 2017.

An average audience of 690,000 watched Ukrainian light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KOs) stop Cuba’s Yunieski Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KOs) in the third round. The Gvozdyk-Gonzalez bout peaked at 702,000 viewers.

The opener of HBO’s three-fight telecast, Aleksandr Usyk’s unanimous-decision defeat of Las Vegas’ Michael Hunter (12-1, 8 KOs), was watched by an average of 679,000 viewers. Peak viewership was 774,000 at one point as the unbeaten Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) defended his WBO world cruiserweight championship in a 12-rounder.

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 asgarth on 04-12-2017

[QUOTE=Kirk087;17585571]Khizon posted a great point. These fights come on too late. I love boxing and there were times I fought to stay awake to see a main event that is starting at 12:30pm. A lot of people say "screw it"…

Comment by Kirk087 on 04-12-2017

Khizon posted a great point. These fights come on too late. I love boxing and there were times I fought to stay awake to see a main event that is starting at 12:30pm. A lot of people say "screw it"…

Comment by boxingitis on 04-12-2017

[QUOTE=larryxxx.;17583832]You mean like PBC???[/QUOTE] Who else, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia both got $2 million each and they fought on free tv. The made as much as GGG and Jacobs.

Comment by BrometheusBob. on 04-11-2017

Not bad :boxing:

Comment by slimPickings on 04-11-2017

Who cares what the #'s are. Put Loma on and I WILL TUNE IN!! Enjoy him while you can. He is that special. That is all that matters to me.

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