Showtime announced today that last weekend's Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana main event, drew an audience that ranks third in the network's series Showtime Championship Boxing, since stats have been gathered on individual bouts on a fight card..
Not only did the Broner vs. Maidana fight get itself in the running for Fight of The Year as well as Upset of The Year, it brought 1.3 million viewers to the top of Showtime's great fight card.
Ratings for the entire event, a four-fight, four-hour telecast, brings the series’ 2013 average up 24 percent and a remarkable 64 percent over 2011.
It was a good year for Showtime Championship Boxing as a whole and it was capped off with the upset of former undefeated WBA Welterweight Champ, Adrien Broner going down to Marcos Maidana in a unanimous 12-round decision.
Stephen Espinoza, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports said:
"SHOWTIME Sports has achieved incredible growth in viewership of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in 2013, and we’ll take this momentum into 2014. With marquee events featuring boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and global star Floyd Mayweather, the return of Canelo Alvarez, and a myriad of incredible matchups on the horizon in the welterweight, junior welterweight and super welterweight divisions—the very deepest, most talent-rich divisions in boxing--our subscribers can continue to expect SHOWTIME Sports to deliver the biggest and most significant bouts in boxing.”
For those that missed the Broner vs. Maidana televised card, do not fret. Showtime will replay the fights tonight, Tuesday December 17 starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and Christmas Eve, December 24th at the same time on the Showtime Extreme channel.
In addition to the exciting and hard-fought Maidana victory over Broner, Keith Thurman retained his WBA Interim Welterweight title with a sensational ninth-round stoppage over tough-as-nails Jesus Soto Karass in a Knockout of the Year candidate.
The stunning upset of Adrien Broner had the young fighter leave the ring immediately after the scores were announced, retreating to his dressing room prior to speaking to Showtime's Barry Tompkins for the traditional in-ring post-fight interview.
Broner addressed media afterwards, looking for a rematch and giving props to the 30 year-old Maidana.