Top Rank’s latest ESPN card produced some unspectacular viewership numbers.
The June 30 Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card, which took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, averaged 632,000 viewers, according to numbers released by Nielsen. The card was a tripleheader that was headlined by Gilberto Ramirez’s WBO super middleweight title defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo.
The viewership is not only lower than Top Rank’s last boxing card televised on ESPN - Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares (averaged 1.439 million viewers in the main event) - viewership for Ramirez’s latest fight was lower than his February title defense that also headlined a Top Rank card on ESPN. That February card, which saw Ramirez retain his title against Habib Ahmed average 741,000 viewers.
Ramirez retained his title against Angulo with a wide unanimous decision victory. The June 30 card also featured two other fights, including a Fight of the Year candidate between Alex Saucedo and Lenny Zappavigna that saw Saucedo win by seventh-round TKO. The other fight that was televised on ESPN was Robson Conceicao beating Gavino Guaman with a stoppage in the third round.
ESPN will have Top Rank cards for the next couple of weekends starting with July 7. WBC junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez will defend his title against Danny O’Connor in the main event of that card. On July 14, interim WBC junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis will defend his title against Juan Jose Velasco with a spot in the World Boxing Super Series tournament on the line.