Nielsen Media Research released the numbers and 1.2 million viewers watched HBO’s live telecast of Timothy Bradley’s victory over Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday night in Carson. The audience peaked at 1.4 million viewers.
But the real measure of the excitement of the fight was 274,000 fans tuned in to watch the Sunday morning replay.
By comparison, Bradley-Provodnikov matched the amount of viewers from the week before when 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins beat Tavoris Cloud to become the oldest boxer to win a world title, the IBF light heavyweight title. But the next day replay of Bradley-Provodnikov did 57 percent better than the Hopkins-Cloud fight.