Saturday night’s British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury attracted a peak viewing audience of 3 million on British terrestrial channel Channel 5.
Fury clearly out-pointed Chisora over 12 rounds at the Wembley Arena and promoter Mick Hennessy could not be happier with the viewing figures.
Hennessy said: "The figures for Channel 5 were fantastic and I have to give great credit to Channel 5 because they listened to me and they believed in me when I told them about Tyson, unlike other broadcasters.
"When I promoted the World title fight between Carl Froch and Jean Pascal the figures were roughy 2.9m and that was a World title on ITV with a big build-up.
“This is just the start for Tyson, he’s a winner in the ring and he’s a winner with the public sitting at home wanting to see a proper fighter and a guy who has the charisma to entertain them.
Hennessy added: "The future is looking very bright for Tyson, we want him to win the Irish title next and then the European title and Channel 5 now have the opportunity to bring those fights to an even bigger audience. Nobody in British boxing is getting this amount of people watching their fights. Towards the end of the fight it recorded the highest viewing figures and was the most watched program on British television."
July 25, 2011