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Best boxing ratings since 2006 by Canelo-Kirkland bout

15 May 2015, 20:16 IST

Canelo-Kirkland match attracted a lot of viewership

The Canelo-Kirkland bout lived up to its hype. The network announced that the Junior Middleweight bout between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland brought a record number of viewership on HBO World Championship Boxing with an average of 2,146,000 for the live, first time airing on HBO and peaked at 2,296,000 viewers.

And since the bout between Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins for the light heavyweight championship, that generated 2,460,000 viewers in 2006, this is the most top performing bout. The fight which Alvarez won via thrilling third round KO also marked the Mexican superstars first appearance as a headliner in  World Championship Boxing Platform.

Founder and President of the Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya seems thrilled and has hailed Alvarez as the biggest boxing at present,”With more than 31,000 people coming to Minute Maid Park and more than 2.1 million tuning in to watch on HBO, Canelo Alvarez is quickly making the leap from the biggest boxing star of the future, to the biggest boxing star of the present,”

 “Given his sizzling, fan-friendly performance in knocking out James Kirkland, attendance and viewership will only continue to soar. Boxing’s future is now.”

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