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Boxing on Cable TV: Alive and Well

By December 31, 2012

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Boxing may no longer be a mainstream sport but it certainly has a loyal following on cable TV. During 2012, 16 fights on cable - 14 on HBO and two on Showtime - attracted audiences of at least one million viewers. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. proved to be the breakout star of the year as he headlined the number one and three cable TV bouts against relatively unknown opponents.

1. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Marco Antonio Rubio, Feb. 4, HBO, 1.9 million
2. Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson, April 28, HBO, 1.6 million
3. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Andy Lee, June 16, HBO, 1.4 million
4. Adrien Broner-Vicente Escobedo, July 21, HBO, 1.4 million
5. Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout, Dec. 1, Showtime, 1.4 million
6. Nonito Donaire-Jorge Arce, Dec. 15, HBO, 1.3 million
7. Andre Ward-Chad Dawson, Sept. 8, HBO, 1.3 million
8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto PPV replay, May 12, HBO, 1.3 million
9. Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez PPV replay, Dec. 15, HBO, 1.3 million
10. Danny Garcia-Amir Khan, July 14, HBO, 1.3 million
11. Erik Morales-Danny Garcia I, March 24, HBO, 1.2 million
12. Robert Guerrero-Andre Berto, Nov. 24, HBO, 1.1 million
13. Marcos Maidana-Devon Alexander, Feb. 25, HBO, 1.1 million
14. Adrien Broner-Antonio Demarco, Nov. 17, HBO, 1.1 million
15. Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin, March 17, HBO, 1.1 million
16. Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez, Sept. 15, Showtime, 1.0 million


January 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm
(1) Donald Wolberg says:

Although not in the big number category, we should never forget ESPN2 and the delightful and frequently annoying Teddy Atlas, perhaps the best boxing commentator of them all. One looks at HBO and sees the guys who started with Teddy getting the nod, and one must wondethe late great Manny Steward, but has never gotten the big time cable nod. That is a shame. Friday Night Fights are the real trenches of the sport and the good and bad happens because it is all real. The matches may not get the big numbers watching, but this is the real heart and soul of boxing these days.

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