Top Rank’s latest card on ESPN did really solid numbers according to Nielsen Media Reseach, via ESPN. The main event contest — featuring Vasyl Lomachenko moving up in weight to challenge for Jorge Linares’ lightweight world title — averaged 1.439 million viewers and peaked at 1.749 million. The entire telecast averaged 1.024 million viewers.
Those main event numbers were pretty close to Lomachenko’s last outing on ESPN, where he fought Guillermo Rigondeaux in a highly anticipated bout between two, two-time Olympic gold medalists for the first time history last December. That showdown averaged 1.73 million viewers but likely benefited from the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN which directly preceded it.
But of the six Top Rank cards on ESPN which have aired during prime time this year, this show ranks second to Oscar Valdez’s brutal battle with Scott Quigg in March, which averaged 1.082 million viewers.
So far, so good for Lomachenko on ESPN.