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Shawn Porter’s decision over Danny Garcia for a vacant welterweight title Saturday night averaged 619,000 viewers and peaked 690,000 for the live Showtime broadcast, according to Nielsen Media Research. Welterweight Yordenis Ugas’ decision over Cesar Barrionuevo in a title eliminator averaged 447,000 viewers (510,000 peak) and the opening fight, heavyweight Adam Kownacki’s decision over former titlist Charles Martin, averaged 395,000 (503,000 peak). Most of the telecast went head-to-head with “Superfly 3” on HBO, which is in millions of more homes but got clobbered. The main event, Juan Francisco Estrada’s decision over Felipe Orucuta in a junior bantamweight eliminator, averaged only 298,000 viewers (329,000 peak), one of the lowest viewed fights in HBO history. It was soundly beaten by the undercard bouts as the Donnie Nietes-Aston Palicte vacant junior bantamweight title fight averaged 349,000 viewers (421,000 peak) and the opener, junior bantamweight Kazuto Ioka’s decision over McWilliams Arroyo averaged 310,000 viewers (371,000 peak).

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer14d ago