Joshua Fight Draws 334K Live & 309K Replay
Anthony Joshua’s most recent title defense against Carlos Takam drew an average audience of 334,000 viewers for Showtime’s live broadcast, according to ratings released by Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday.
Showtime’s live telecast began in the afternoon in the United States featured a 10:30pm replay as 309,000 people would watch Joshua’s 10th round victory over Takam in Cardiff, Wales.
Joshua’s last live fight on Showtime drew higher ratings, but the fight was against a more well known Wladimir Klitschko, and not Takam who was a replacement opponent for Kubrat Pulev.
Joshua’s career-defining,11th-round stoppage of Klitschko, drew a live average audience of 659,000, nearly double the viewership of Joshua-Takam. The Joshua-Klitschko same-day replay, broadcast by HBO, was watched by an average of 738,000 viewers.
The 28-year-old Joshua scored a knockdown against the rugged Takam in the fourth round and opened cuts around both of Takam’s eyes. The determined Takam never stopped coming forward, though, and made it difficult for Joshua to land clean punches on him.
Joshua shook Takam with a right hand in the 10th round and followed up with multiple punches that didn’t connect cleanly. Referee Phil Edwards still stepped in for what was widely viewed as a premature stoppage at 1:34 of the 10th round.