Big Audience for Rungvisai and Chocolatito II
This past Saturday night Srisaket Sor Rungvisai knocked out Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in the fourgh round rematch of their bloody first face off. According to ratings released by Nielsen Media Research, a peak audience of 835,000 viewers were watching their super flyweight championship rematch Saturday night. The Sor Rungvisai-Gonzalez rematch, the main event of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” tripleheader from Carson, California, drew an average audience of 796,000.
Sor Rungvisai dictated the pace of their rematch after scoring a controversial split-decision victory over “Chocolatito” in their 12-round fight March 18 at Madison Square Garden. Sor Rungvisai,dropped Gonzalez twice in the fourth round and the former champion couldn’t get up from the second knockdown.
Gonzalez, 30, was considered by many media outlets as the best boxer in the world, pound-for-pound, before Sor Rungvisai beat him to win the WBC 115-pound title on the undercard to Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs. The four-division champion said following his devastating defeat that he is seriously considering retirement.
The highly anticipated American debut of Japan’s Naoya Inoue in the evening’s co-main event, attracted a peak audience of 770,000 viewers and averaged 735,000 viewers. Inoue stopped Antonio Nieves in six rounds to retain his WBO super flyweight championship.
The opener of HBO’s tripleheader dubbed “Superfly,” a compelling bout between Juan Francisco Estrada and Carlos Cuadras was watched by an average of 608,000 viewers and peaked at 714,000. Estrada beat Cuadras by unanimous decision, but by as close a margin as possible in the only fight that went the distance in their 12-round, 115-pound WBC elimination match.
HBO ring announcer Michael Buffer initially said the winner was “Carlos Estrada,” which caused Cuadras and Estrada to think Cuadras won. Buffer corrected his mistake soon thereafter by revealing it was Estrada who had won and thus earned a shot at Sor Rungvisai’s title.