Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN telecast, featuring Vasiliy Lomachenko successfully defending his WBO World Junior Lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO), delivered big on ratings and viewership, making it Saturday’s most-viewed telecast on cable television among men 18-34 and men 18-49, according to final viewership data from Nielsen Media Research.
Due to a technical error, a re-air of the title fight between boxing’s Cinderella Man, Jeff “the Hornet” Horn and Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran did not air in its entirety last night on ESPN2. The WBO Welterweight championship fight will re-air at 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and is currently available to stream on the ESPN App.
Last night’s fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko (10-1-0, 7 KO) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO), the biggest boxing match of the year, delivered big on ratings, making it the second highest-rated boxing telecast on cable in 2017, according to Nielsen overnight ratings. It was an electric, full house at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City that watched two of the top ten pound-for-pound fighters in the world, both two-time Olympic gold medal winners, battle it out for the WBO Junior Lightweight World Title. Lomachenko wowed with a sixth-round TKO.
The biggest boxing match of the year airs live on ESPN Saturday, December 9 from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Top Rank on ESPN will drop gloves just after 9 p.m. ET with a full slate of marquee fights on ESPN, ESPN Deportes on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App following the live presentation of the 2017 Heisman Trophy Ceremony. Two of the top ten pound-for-pound fighters in the world collide for the WBO Junior Lightweight World Title as champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (9-1-0, 7 KO) defends his belt against the unbeaten WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0, 11 KO). Saturday’s fight marks the first time in boxing history that two-time Olympic Gold Medal winners will face each other at the professional level.
ESPN’s live telecast of the Saturday, November 11 Top Rank on ESPN (10:30 p.m. ET to 12:15 a.m. ET) scored two major victories. The overall telecast delivered 0.9 metered market rating according to Nielsen, making it the second highest boxing event on cable television in 2017. The featured co-main event, a battle between Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) and Enrico Köelling (23-2, 6 KOs) for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight world title, delivered a 1.0 metered market rating, making it the year’s second highest boxing event on ESPN or cable television.
El contrincante invicto top-10, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed y Jose Ramírez, el boxeador estadounidense olímpico y número 3 en el ranking mundial combatirán, el sábado 11 de Noviembre, en el Save Mart Center en Fresno State. La pelea será transmitida en vivo y en exclusiva a través de ESPN y ESPN Deportes, y por streaming en la aplicación de ESPN, a partir de las 10:30 p.m. ET. La transmisión también incluirá la pelea estelar entre los contrincantes Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs), nativo de Rusia, que pelea desde Montreal, Quebec, Canadá, y Enrico Köelling (23-1, 6 KOs), de Berlín, Alemania, batallando por el título de peso pesado de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo [International Boxing Federation] (IBF).
Debuts This Saturday November 11 on Top Rank on ESPN Artur Beterbiev vs. Enrico Koelling Bout ESPN today announced it has signed renowned sports broadcaster, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author Mark Kriegel to a new multi-year deal. Kriegel, a widely respected, seasoned sports media talent, will make his ESPN television debut this Saturday November 11 on Top Rank on ESPN alongside Teddy Atlas, … Read More
Top Rank on ESPN debuted July 1 when Manny Pacquiao met Jeff Horn down under in Brisbane, Australia, resulting in the most-watched boxing telecast on cable television since 2006. Each of the four Top Rank on ESPN telecasts (7/1, 8/5, 8/19 and 9/22) have been world championship fights, and they have delivered top tier ratings, scored big with Hispanic fans and led to significant Out-of-Home viewing. Two more Top Rank on ESPN fights are on the horizon for 2017—November 11 and December 9. Both are widely regarded as the best fight cards remaining on the 2017 boxing calendar.
SPN’s morning debate program First Take will head west beginning Friday, Sept. 8, in Texas, for a three-stop swing over two weeks. The September 8 show in Dallas will preview the upcoming Cowboys home opener that weekend with a special three-hour edition, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, airing live from Fort Worth’s Billy Bob’s.
ESPN and Top Rank today announced a vast and exclusive, multimedia agreement to make ESPN the home of Top Rank in the U.S. and Canada. Under the agreement, ESPN will televise live fights on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream them on the ESPN App, will stream fights and other Top Rank content on the recently announced ESPN-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service via BAMTech and deliver select pay-per-view (PPV) fight events. It will also air all Top Rank content in English and in French on Canadian sister networks TSN and RDS. The next Top Rank Boxing on ESPN fight card, scheduled for September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, features two WBO World Title Fights with Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs, Featherweight) and Gilberto Ramirez (35-0, 24 KOs, Super Middleweight) title defenses.