Say what you want about Bernard Hopkins’ entertainment quotient. As half of the light heavyweight title unification bout against Sergey Kovalev, he helped bring HBO big ratings.
Gennady Golovkin HBO-televised stoppage of Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday was watched by 1,304 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making his 18th consecutive knockout the second highest viewed premium cable boxing event of 2014.
HBO’s broadcast of Juan Manuel Marquez’s unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado generated a peak viewership of 1,322,000, making it the second most watched bout on cable so far in 2013 and this year, according to Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday.
WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev’s seventh-round knockout of Cedric Agnew on Saturday on HBO drew 1,006,000 viewers, representing the third highest boxing rating on cable television this year, according to Nielsen Media research.
Last Saturday’s HBO-televised Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera fight drew 1,390,000 viewers, while the Orlando Salido-Vasyl Lomachenko co-feature attracted 1,017,000 viewers on its own, according to Nielsen Media Research.