Last weekend’s heavyweight showdown between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury pulled in some pretty spectacular numbers over in the US. Fury outpointed the long reigning champion Klitschko in what is without doubt the biggest upset in world boxing this year. Cable giants HBO aired the fight Stateside with a live audience of 1.038 million viewers tuning in for the lineal clash. The fight took place just before midnight here in the UK, however, this would have been an afternoon affair for American fans which makes the numbers even more impressive. HBO replayed the fight later in the night with a very healthy combined audience of 1.714 tuning into both broadcasts.
Klitschko v Fury makes it into the top ten most watched fights on the network this year and, tellingly, it is the only fight within that list to not to have aired in a primetime slot. The fight even went head to head with the wildly popular ‘Iron Bowl’ college football game and a Premier Boxing Champions card headlined by Jermall Charlo’s stoppage win over Wilky Campfort. SKY Box Office televised the fight here in the UK, although they rarely release official pay-per-view numbers. Early indications suggest that the fight did between 400-500, 000 buys which would make it one of the most watched PPV British fights in history. The two fighters are currently in negotiations for a rematch at London’s Wembley Stadium next summer.
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