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Cotto vs Trout fight peaks at nearly 1.4 million viewers on Showtime, sets new record

Showtime set a new record mark for their boxing ratings on Saturday, as Miguel Cotto vs Austin Trout was a hit, peaking at about 1.4 million viewers.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Last Saturday night's Miguel Cotto vs Austin Trout fight card on Showtime peaked at nearly 1.4 million viewers, and averaged 1.047 million, setting a new record for Showtime boxing broadcasts.

Trout (26-0, 14 KO) scored the upset over star attraction Cotto (37-4, 30 KO) in the main event from Madison Square Garden, and it's pretty clear now that even if Cotto didn't win, Showtime's boxing brand has become far, far stronger due to their close relationship with Golden Boy Promotions, the company that brought Cotto vs Trout to Showtime, and also gave them the hit Canelo vs Lopez fight in September.

Next weekend, Amir Khan makes his Showtime debut, and though those numbers aren't expected to come close to Canelo or Cotto level, it's just another example of an HBO favorite moving to Showtime, a network that has thrived this year, despite any criticisms about working so closely with one promoter.

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