Errol Spence Jr. played his part in helping PBC break their record viewing figures when he stopped the unstoppable, with his 6th round KO of Leonard Bundu on August 21st.
Although the exact figures are yet to be released by the TV network, it is believed that due to the rating (4.6) that the programme received, it will equate to approximately 4 million viewers, which, peaked at around 6 million at its highest.
In context, the previous highest viewing figures for Boxing in the USA was in 2005 when Fox had their finale of their reality series ’The Contender’ - which received 8 million viewers. The 6 million peak for PBC who have only been going since 2015, will be seen as a great success for PBC and for US Boxing.
Is this testament to the potential and excitement surrounding Spence Jr. stateside? Or, is it testament to the wiley nature of Al Haymon who ended up scheduling this promising fighter to have his bout after the mens USA basketball teams Gold medal winning match?
Spence Jr. now finds himself as the mandatory challenger for Kell Brook’s IBF title, with Brook chasing big fights regardless of the weight, he could well be enticed into stepping back down a weight for a transatlantic showdown.