Munguia-Smith - HBO Broadcast Peaked at 827,000 Viewers

By Keith Idec

More viewers tuned in to watch Jaime Munguia fight after he dismantled Sadam Ali two months earlier.

According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, Munguia’s first title defense drew a peak audience of 827,000 viewers on Saturday night for HBO. An average of 777,000 viewers watched Munguia defeat England’s Liam Smith by unanimous decision in their 12-round, 154-pound title fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Two months earlier, Munguia’s first fight on HBO attracted a peak audience of 779,000 and an average viewership of 711,000. Munguia, then relatively unknown among American boxing fans, knocked down Ali four times in that fight and won by fourth-round technical knockout May 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

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Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs) replaced Smith as Ali’s opponent on less than two weeks’ notice. Smith withdrew from his fight against Ali because a skin condition prevented him from training.

The 21-year-old Munguia’s dominant performance against Ali (26-2, 14 KOs) created interest in his first defense of the WBO junior middleweight title. He had more difficulty defeating Smith (26-2-1, 14 KOs), his mandatory challenger, but still won comfortably.

The resilient Smith overcame a sixth-round knockdown to reach the final bell. He exposed some of Munguia’s defensive flaws, though Munguia still won easily on all three scorecards (119-108, 117-110, 116-111).

The opener of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader drew slightly lower ratings than the main event Saturday night.

Alberto Machado’s convincing victory over Rafael Mensah in their 12-round, 130-pound championship match attracted a peak audience of 762,000. An average of 665,000 viewers watched the Machado-Mensah match.

Puerto Rico’s Machado (20-0, 16 KOs) dropped his untested opponent with a right hook in the first round and appeared to be on his way to a quick knockout against Ghana’s Mensah (31-1, 23 KOs). Machado controlled the action thereafter, yet couldn’t knock down Mensah again and settled for a decision win.

The 27-year-old Machado won every round on the scorecards of all three judges (120-107).

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BaDaBingVIP2 on 07-25-2018

kid has heavy hands but defensive garbage, smith was countering well but not enough tnt. someone that can crack will upset this kid.

Comment by Blackclouds on 07-24-2018

HBO's numbers keep going down and down as their budget drops which was completely predictable. HBO if they want better numbers will have to invest in the sport.

Comment by chico malo loc on 07-24-2018

[QUOTE=kidbazooka;18964177]Mungia has ppl talking that’s a good thing. Hbo might have their next star.[/QUOTE]i totally agree! Munguia is a [email protected] warrior with the real Mexican style!

Comment by indelible on 07-24-2018

I’m still laughing at that unintentional DDT ��

Comment by kidbazooka on 07-24-2018

Mungia has ppl talking that’s a good thing. Hbo might have their next star.

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