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The Top Rank Boxing on ESPN telecast headlined by pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko’s move up to lightweight for a dramatic 10th-round knockout of Jorge Linares to win a world title in his third weight class on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York averaged 1.024 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Lomachenko-Linares fight on its own averaged 1.439 million viewers and peaked at 1.749 million. Lomachenko’s previous fight, a stoppage of Guillermo Rigondeaux in December, headlined an ESPN telecast that averaged 1.73 million but that was immediately following the high-profile Heisman Trophy award show that served as a significant lead in. Of the six prime time Top Rank cards on ESPN so far in 2018, the Lomachenko-Linares broadcast was the second most watched behind the March 10 show headlined by the Oscar Valdez-Scott Quigg featherweight world title fight. That broadcast averaged 1.082 million viewers.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer6d ago
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