Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez Averages 1.98 Million Viewers For Entire Fox Broadcast

Fox continues to draw very solid ratings for its Premier Boxing Champions cards.

The January 26 PBC on Fox, headlined by Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez for the WBA "Super" welterweight title, averaged 1.98 million viewers and drew a 1.27 household rating, per Showbuzz Daily. After knocking down Lopez in the second round of their fight, Thurman would go on to win the fight by majority decision.

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The viewership numbers are considered a success especially given the competition it was dealing with. The card not only had to deal with a Golden Boy Boxing on DAZN show running at the same time, but also Bellator 214 and the Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics NBA game on ABC, which averaged more than four million viewers.

The final viewership numbers for the January 26 card are almost identical to the December 22 PBC on FOX card. That card, headlined by Jermall Charlo vs. Matt Korobov for the interim WBC middleweight title, averaged 1.971 million viewers and drew a 1.26 rating. The ratings for Thurman's bout, his first since March 2017, also continued a trend of excellent ratings for a boxing telecast headlined by Thurman. On that March 2017 bout against Danny Garcia, CBS drew the highest ratings numbers for a prime time boxing fight on cable since 1998.

On the undercard of that January card, which took place at the Barclays Center, Adam Kownacki stopped Gerald Washington in the second round of a heavyweight bout while Tugstsogt Nyambayar won a WBC featherweight title eliminator against Claudio Marrero by unanimous decision.

Fox's next PBC card is set to take place on February 16 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The main event of that card is Leo Santa Cruz vs. Rafael Rivera for the WBA "Super" featherweight title.

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