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Golovkin vs Monroe continues strong ratings year for HBO boxing

Gennady Golovkin delivered a strong TV rating this past weekend, continuing what has been a good year for HBO's boxing brand.

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

Gennady Golovkin's win over Willie Monroe Jr on Saturday night kept HBO's 2015 in boxing going strong in the Nielsens, with 1.338 million viewers the average number for the main event, which peaked at 1.474 million. This is a slight increase over Golovkin's last prime time fight on HBO, which came last October against Marco Antonio Rubio and averaged 1.304 million viewers.

Golovkin's last HBO fight, of course, was in February, an afternoon live broadcast from Monaco against Martin Murray. That fight did 862,000, peaking at 938,000.

The numbers were good for the co-feature, as well, as flyweight star Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez's debut averaged 961,000 viewers and peaked at 1.018 million.

This performance comes on the heels of Wladimir Klitschko vs Bryant Jennings on April 26, which did a 1.637 average and 1.742 peak, HBO's highest rated World Championship Boxing broadcast since 2012, which was topped a week later by Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland, which averaged 2.146 million and peaked at 2.296 million, HBO's highest rating since the Tarver-Hopkins fight in 2006.

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