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Alvarez-Kirkland garners big ratings on HBO


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Last Saturday night’s shootout between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland ended up being HBO’s most-watched boxing card since 2006.

According to the network, the junior middleweight fight, which took place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, brought in an average of 2.146 million viewers for the live airing, peaking at 2.296 million viewers. The previous high was the light heavyweight title fight between Antonio Tarver and Bernard Hopkins, which averaged 2.46 million viewers.

“With more than 31,000 people coming to Minute Maid Park and more than 2.1 million tuning in to watch on HBO, Canelo Alvarez is quickly making the leap from the biggest boxing star of the future, to the biggest boxing star of the present,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “Given his sizzling, fan-friendly performance in knocking out James Kirkland, attendance and viewership will only continue to soar. Boxing’s future is now.”

For those who missed the fight, it can be seen now on HBO on Demand, HBO GO and HBO NOW.

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