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Wilder-Stiverne Rematch Peaked at 887,000 Viewers on Showtime

By Keith Idec

More boxing fans were willing to watch Deontay Wilder fight Bermane Stiverne again than many might’ve expected.

According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, Wilder’s vicious, first-round knockout of Stiverne drew a peak audience of 887,000 viewers Saturday night from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. An average of 824,000 viewers tuned in for their brief bout, in which Wilder knocked down Stiverne three times before it was stopped with one second left in the first round.

The Wilder-Stiverne rematch wasn’t considered a particularly appealing bout because Wilder defeated Stiverne convincingly in their first fight, a 12-rounder Wilder won by unanimous decision in January 2015. That longer fight, in which Wilder won the WBC heavyweight title from Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, drew a peak audience of 1.34 million viewers and an average viewership of 1.24 million on Showtime.

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Only one live fight since the first Wilder-Stiverne bout drew higher ratings for Showtime than the Wilder-Stiverne rematch. Viewership for Mikey Garcia’s decisive victory over Adrien Broner in their 12-round, 140-pound bout July 29 at Barclays Center peaked at 937,000 viewers and averaged 881,000.

Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was supposed to box unbeaten Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) on Saturday night. Haiti's Stiverne, the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s title, replaced Ortiz once the former WBA interim champion tested positive for two banned substances late in September.

Immediately before the Wilder-Stiverne rematch Saturday night, the Shawn Porter-Granados welterweight fight peaked at 696,000 viewers and averaged 646,000. Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, overcame an injury to his left hand to beat Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs), of Cicero, Illinois, by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder and remains in line for a rematch with WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC).

The opener of Showtime’s tripleheader Saturday night, Sergey Lipinets-Akihiro Kondo, was watched by a peak audience of 530,000 and drew an average of 427,000 viewers. Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) beat Japan’s Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 12-round bout to win the vacant IBF junior welterweight title.

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 11-08-2017

[QUOTE=Lomadeaux;18194428]This was the same night as a “big” UFC event too wasn’t it?[/QUOTE] Yeah but from my understanding that was not selling very well according to their own guy Joe Rogan.

Comment by Lomadeaux on 11-08-2017

[QUOTE=jonnyc420;18192560]Terrible numbers. This clown cant even crack 1 mil views on home soil. 75-25 split on the Joshua fight makes sense certainly now.[/QUOTE] This was the same night as a “big” UFC event too wasn’t it?

Comment by dellboi94 on 11-08-2017

Michael Bisping is a bigger star in the US than Deontay Wilder.

Comment by TheCell8 on 11-08-2017

Considering he had to compete with UFC 217, I'd say those are very good numbers.

Comment by bigjavi973 on 11-08-2017

[QUOTE=STREET CLEANER;18194208]In some other thread some Brits were saying that only like 400K watched the fight in order to justify why Joshua shouldn't fight him[/QUOTE] :lol1: oh wow and like some were saying GSP comeback fight vs bisping that same…

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