Porter-Ugas Main Event Peaked At 2,197,000 Viewers For FOX

By Keith Idec

Shawn Porter and Yordenis Ugas didn’t draw quite as many viewers for FOX as Keith Thurman and Josesito Lopez attracted for the previous welterweight title fight the network aired.

According to Nielsen Media Research figures released Tuesday, the 12-round bout between Porter and Ugas was watched by an average audience of 2,142,000 viewers Saturday night. Their main event, which Porter won thanks to a questionable split decision, drew a peak audience of 2,197,000 toward the end of their fight for Porter’s WBC welterweight title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The Thurman-Lopez bout produced an average viewership of 2,480,000 on January 26 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That 12-rounder, which Thurman won by majority decision, attracted a peak audience of 2,765,000.

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Many of those that watched the highly competitive battle between Las Vegas’ Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) and Cuba’s Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) seemed at least split regarding who won.

Porter won eight rounds on the scorecard of judge Steve Morrow (116-112) and seven rounds according to judge Max DeLuca (115-113). Judge Zachary Young scored nine of the 12 rounds for Ugas (117-111), who claimed he was “robbed.”

Porter-Ugas ranks third among the four main events FOX has aired since it launched its reboot of Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series December 22. The main event that night from Barclays Center, Jermall Charlo’s unanimous-decision defeat of late replacement Matt Korobov in their 12-round middleweight championship match, attracted a peak viewership of 2,421,000.

The lowest-rated FOX main event since December 22 was Leo Santa Cruz’s points victory over Rafael Rivera on February 16. The telecast of their 12-round fight for Santa Cruz’s WBA “super” featherweight crown, which took place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, peaked at 1,750,000 viewers and averaged 1,671,000.

The two other fights FOX televised before Porter-Ugas drew lower viewership than the main event, as is customary.

An average of 1,282,000 people watched the opener of the three-bout broadcast, in which Nigerian heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (9-0, 8 KOs) stopped 46-year-old American veteran Amir Mansour (23-4-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC) following two one-sided rounds. The second fight of the broadcast, in which welterweight Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) recorded a unanimous-decision win against Francisco Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-rounder, produced an average of 1,415,000 viewers.

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 garfios on 03-13-2019

What does anyone care?

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 03-13-2019

[QUOTE=KillaMane26;19580411]Styles makes fights...are u forgetting Thurman/Porter was considered fight of the year?[/QUOTE] Yea that was a couple years ago, none of these guys fight often enough to be staying in a "prime competing shape", he also lost to Kell Brook,…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 03-13-2019

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;19579198]He’s already proven he is better than dirrel. He beat a big strong uzcategui who looked like a 168lbs crisanto espana. I don’t think it’s a matter of him being able to fight, it’s a matter of just how good…

Comment by KillaMane26 on 03-13-2019

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;19580336]I could care less about ratings...Porter's performance on Saturday cemented him as the bottom of the 47 champs...PBC cannot be putting this guy in main events, limited talent and limited entertainment value.[/QUOTE] Styles makes fights...are u forgetting Thurman/Porter was considered…

Comment by KillaMane26 on 03-13-2019

Thats great....

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