Top Rank Boxing Averages 397,000 Viewers For June 9 ESPN Show Headlined By Shakur Stevenson

Viewership is in for Top Rank’s first fight card in the United States after the coronavirus pandemic affected the sport.

According to numbers released by Showbuzz Daily, averaged 397,000 viewers and drew a 0.17 rating in the 18-49 demographic, good for 33rd best on cable for the day. In the 18-34 demographic, the card drew a 0.09 rating and in the 25-54 demographic, it drew a 0.18 rating.

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This was the first Top Rank Boxing card that aired on ESPN since February for the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 prelims. Those prelims averaged 862,000 viewers and drew a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Top Rank also had ESPN shows on January 18 (704,000 viewers/0.26 rating in 18-49 demo) and January 11 (388,000 viewers/a 0.13 rating in 18-49 demo).

The June 9 card was headlined by WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson taking on Felix Caraballo in a super featherweight bout, ending with Stevenson winning the fight by sixth-round TKO. Also on the card were prospects Guido Vianello, Robeisy Ramirez and Jared Anderson in action in separate fights. The event was closed off to the general public due to the ongoing pandemic with one fight (Mikaela Mayer vs. Helen Joseph) being called off due to Mayer testing positive for COVID-19.

Top Rank formally announced ESPN cards taking place on June 11, June 16, June 18 and June 20 with all but the June 20 show taking place in Las Vegas. The June 20 show, headlined by WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete competing in a featherweight bout, is taking place at the TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City, Mexico.

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