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Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II sees 1.51 million viewers on FOX

Berto knocked Ortiz out in the fourth round.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

On a Saturday evening filled with sports action of all kinds, including my beloved Spurs whupping on the Oklahoma City Thunder, Premier Boxing Champions' second show on FOX drew in 1.51 million viewers to their knockout-filled tripleheader.

These numbers mark a 32.6% drop from the series' inaugural show in January, which saw Danny Garcia cruise past Robert Guerrero in the main event. The aforementioned competition could be partly to blame

Four of the five televised fights ended inside of four rounds in brutal fashion, including Jorge Lara's 97-second thrashing of Fernando Montiel, Thomas Williams Jr.'s two-round war with Edwin Rodriguez, and Andre Berto's revenge knockout of Victor Ortiz in the main event.

On the bright side, this shows that boxing can still pull in viewers even when competing with bigger sports' playoffs. On the other hand, these numbers also show a tacit acceptance of Gus Johnson that I find unconscionable. Gotta take the bad with the good, I guess.

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