HBO Tripleheader Peaks At 685K Viewers
Of the three fights on HBO this past Saturday night, Demetrius Andrade’s victory over Alantez Fox was the most-watched.
According to ratings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, the Andrade-Fox fight drew a peak audience of 685,000. An average of 613,000 viewers watched Andrade out-box Fox during a 12-round middleweight match which marked the beginning of a three-fight contract Andrade signed with HBO
The main event featured Alberto Machado knocking out former WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales, attracted a peak audience of 595,000 viewers and averaged 545,000.
Machado came back from a fifth-round knockdown to floor Corrales in the eighth round. Corrales couldn’t recover and referee Mark Nelson stopped their scheduled 12-rounder at 2:18 of the eighth round.
Machado with the victory is now WBA 130-pound championship following Corrales vacating the title on Friday weighing in at four pounds over the super featherweight limit.
The bout that opened HBO’s broadcast, taped coverage of Ryan Burnett’s 12-round, unanimous-decision win against Zhanat Zhakiyanov, was watched by an average of 576,000 viewers and peaked at 618,000.
Northern Ireland’s Burnett beat Kazakhstan’s Zhakiyanov by big margins on all scorecards to retain his IBF bantamweight title and win the WBA 118-pound championship from Zhakiyanov at SSE Arena in Belfast.