Payouts from Premier Boxing Champions PBC on Fox event (2/16/19)

February 20, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the payouts from the California State Athletic Commission from this past Saturday’s PBC on Fox event from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Headliner Leo Santa Cruz led the roster of boxers earning a reported $1 million.

Leo Santa Cruz successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight Title against Rivera.  Omar Figueroa, Jr. defeated John Molina, Jr. in a feature bout on the telecast.

Thomas Smith $4,500 (W)
Neri Romero $7,000

Julio Martinez $2,200
Shon Mondragon $2,000 (W)

Fernando Vargas Parra $3,000
Marlon Tapalas $10,000 (W)

Miguel A. Mendoza $5,000
Julian Rodarte $7,000 (W)

Ivan L. Benitez $6,000
Jerry Perez $7,000 (W)

Tyrone Harris $6,000
Ivan Radkach $5,000 (W)

Oscar Cortez $10,00
Hugo Ceneno, Jr. $25,000 (W)

DeeJay Kriel, $10,000 (W)
Carlos Licona $30,000

Ryosuke Iwasa $10,000 (W)
Cesar Juarez $10,000

Jose Cen Torres $5,300
Carlos Balderas $7,500 (W)

Donnie Marshall $8,000
Sebastian Fundora $12,600 (W)

John Molina, Jr. $200,000
Omar Figueroa, Jr. $225,000 (W)

Rafael Rivera $20,000
Leo Santa Cruz, $1,000,000 (W)

PBC on Fox draws 1.26M viewers opposite NBA All-Star Saturday night

February 20, 2019

PBC on Fox Saturday night drew a fast overnight rating of 1.26 million viewers according to Television By Numbers.  The telecast drew a 0.3 rating in the A18-49 demo and a 2 share.

In comparison, the NBA All-Star Saturday Night telecast drew over 5 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the A18-49 demo in the same timeslot on TNT.

PBC on Fox featured Leo Santa Cruz as he defeated Rafael Rivera at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California.  The fight featured an exciting exchange between the two.

It was the second PBC on Fox telecast as the new face of combat sports for the network.  In December it drew 1.69M viewers and a 0.5 in the A18-49 demo in fast overnights.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings were down from December as its clear that the NBA All-Star Saturday festivities drew a lot of the casuals away from the telecast.  Still, it appeared there was less run-up of this card as opposed to the last PBC on Fox where the Charlo brothers were heavily promoted.

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN (2/15) outshines Bellator on Friday night

February 19, 2019

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN on February 15th drew 704,000 viewers per Nielsen according to ShowBuzz Daily.  The event featured Rob Brant as he scored an 11th round KO over the previously undefeated Khasan Bayasangurov.

The telecast peaked at 769,000 viewers and was likely aided by the lead-in of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Live Boxing on ESPN 2019

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN (2/2):  880,000 viewers

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN (2/10):  655,000 viewers

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN (2/15) 704,000 viewers

Payout Perspective:

As we noted with the Bellator post, the ratings for Top Rank on ESPN Friday night well-exceeded its MMA competition on the Paramount Network.  As stated, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game helped as a lead-in.  Of course, being on the main ESPN network also helps with just many having the network on as habit.

Davis tops PBC payouts from February 9th event

February 19, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the payouts from the February 9, 2019 event at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California which featured Gervonta Davis taking on Hugo Ruiz.  Davis led the TGB Promotions payroll making $1 million for his 1st round KO of Ruiz.

Ruiz, a last-minute replacement for the injured Abner Mares, received $100,000.  Some other notable payouts include Ishe Smith as he earned $75,000 for his bout against Erickson Lubin who earned $41,500.  Lubin took the victory in that matchup.  Javier Fortuna earned $40,000 while his opponent Sharif Bogere drew $75,000.  Bogere won via unanimous decision.

The rest of the payouts can be found below.

2-9-19 TGB Payouts by on Scribd

Payout Perspective:

Clearly Davis was the showcase for this event and Ruiz received an adequate payout  $100,000 for filling in last minute.  But, Davis should be a name to lookout for this year as he’ll be looking for bigger fights and perhaps that fight against Mares somewhere down the road.

Fury signs with Top Rank putting Wilder rematch in doubt

February 18, 2019

Undefeated lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has inked a co-promotional deal with Top Rank which will allow him to appear on the ESPN network. The question becomes what will happen to a much-anticipated rematch with Premier Boxing Champions and World Boxing Council champion Deontay Wilder.

The Fury-Wilder rematch was reportedly close to fruition, but with the new wrinkle of Fury signing with a rival promotion and network, the fight may be on hold.  The December 1, 2018 fight between Wilder and Fury occurred on Showtime Boxing’s PPV.

The news now has put a damper on the possible rematch with Deontay Wilder which ended in a draw.  The fight was highlighted by Fury going down to a vicious shot from Wilder in the final round only for him to rise from the blow to finish the round.

Payout Perspective:

Fury’s signing is another indicator of the splintering of combat sports.  Unless the sides can agree to a deal to pit the top two heavyweights in boxing, the sport will once again fall victim to promoters carving out their territory.  Can the sides come to a deal?  Of course, but it undoubtedly puts the rematch on the back burner.

Boxer Austin Trout appeals District Court ruling moving Ali Act claims to arbitration

February 14, 2019

Boxer Austin Trout has filed a Notice of Appeal of a District Court ruling which moved his case against the World Boxing Organization to arbitration.

Late last year, Trout brought a Motion for Reconsideration hoping that the Court would alter its decision which includes claims which violate the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.  Among the issues was Trout’s claim that the rankings system overlooked the boxer.

The case, which was sent to the District Court of Puerto Rico because of where the promotion was headquartered dismissed the case citing an arbitration agreement in the WBO’s contract.  Trout argued that the lawsuit should remain in court because the WBO waived its right to the arbitration.  It also claimed that the Ali Act violations should remain in litigation and could not be arbitrated as an arbitration would allow the WBO to be bot a party and judge.

However, the Court in a minute order, without even a formal opinion, dismissed Trout’s Motion for Reconsideration of the verdict.

Notice of Appeal by on Scribd

Payout Perspective:

This case is not as salacious as the UFC antitrust lawsuit but may have as important implications for boxing and the Muhammad Ali Act Boxing Reform Act.  If this case is allowed to proceed in arbitration, it will be precedent that promotions may use as a workaround the Ali Act.  If promotional contracts indicate that disputes must be decided via arbitration, it takes away the threat of possible litigation under the act.  Moreover, if the promotion can be the arbitrator of the matter, boxers will undoubtedly see that this is unfair.  For promoters, most contracts include arbitration clauses to negate the threat of big legal bills and potential jury verdicts.  If promotions see the Trout case as precedent to craft contracts to include arbitration clauses to litigate all claims including Ali Act claims, it circumvents the bite the Ali Act may have had.

Showtime Boxing (2-9) draws peak of 486K for main event

February 12, 2019

Saturday night’s Showtime Boxing event featuring Gervonta Davis’ one round decimation of Hugo Ruiz drew 429,000 viewers. The short fight peaked with 486,000 viewers.

Ruiz was a last-minute replacement for Abner Mares who had to pull out due to injury.

The co-main event of the telecast saw Mario Barrios KO Richard Zamora in the 4th round. The fight drew an average of 349,000 viewers. The opening fight of the three-fight telecast saw Javier Fortuna win a decision over Sharif Bogere. The 10 round bout drew 275,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

The event may have drawn more viewers if Mares did not have to withdraw due to an eye injury. The telecast was up against the UFC, NBA and the debuting Alliance of American Football which drew strong ratings on CBS.

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN (2/10) draws 655,000 viewers

February 12, 2019

The ESPN airing of Top Rank Boxing on Sunday night drew 655,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.   The event drew 233,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo and drew a 0.44 share.

The event featured Jose Ramirez taking on Jose Zepeda with Ramirez winning and retaining his junior welterweight title via majority decision.

The telecast also featured an action-packed fight between Ray Beltran and Kiroki Okada with Beltran earning the ninth-round stoppage.

Payout Perspective:

The telecast was below average for viewership and vastly smaller than the UFC one day before.  With UFC airing this Sunday you might expect a big number but when boxing does return to TV on Sunday night’s it will be interesting to track.

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN (2/2) draws 880,000 viewers

February 5, 2019

Top Rank Boxing airing on ESPN Saturday night drew 880,000 viewers according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The event, which included preliminary bouts to the main event of Sergey Kovalev and Eleider Alvarez, peaked at 1.022 million viewers.

On the network telecast Oscar Valdez defeated Carmine Tommasone via 7th round stoppage.  The opening bout featured Richard Comney defeating Isa Chaniev in just two rounds.

The event was bifurcated as the UFC’s debut on ESPN+ was split with prelims on the digital platform followed by the network portion followed by the main event airing once again on ESPN+.

As reported by Boxing Scene, ESPN Deportes averaged 122,000 viewers for the two-fight telecast as it peaked with 169,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

Near 1 million viewers tuned in Saturday night for two prelim fights on ESPN.  The bookending of the card seems to be aiding its digital platform despite the gamble of confusing the viewer. The move for ESPN to air more combat sports will see an adjustment for the traditional sports viewer but its clear that there is an audience that wants to watch

1.5M viewers watch Bader-Fedor on Paramount last Saturday

February 2, 2019

Last Saturday, 1.5 million viewers saw the main event of Bellator 214 with Ryan Bader taking care of Fedor in the very first round.  According to Nielsen via Bellator, the entire telecast drew 784,000 viewers in its 2 hour and 44-minute airing on the Paramount Network including the DVR +3 ratings

Bader won the Heavyweight title becoming a Bellator double champ with the win over Emelianenko.

In addition, the Aaron Pico-Henry Corrales fight drew 1 million viewers and Jake Hager-J.W. Kizer fight drew 1 million viewers.  Both of these fights ended in the first round.

In addition, Bellator outlined several other highlights from its broadcast last Saturday.

  • The most-watched Bellator event since Bellator 192on January 20, 2018.
  • The highest-rated Bellator event with adults 18-49 (.6) since Bellator 175on March 31, 2017.
  • The highest-rated Bellator event with men 18-49 (.73) since Bellator 192.
  • The second most-streamed Bellator event ever (on various Bellator/Paramount mobile platforms).
  • The most-streamed Bellator prelimany card ever.
  • The Ryan Bader knockout was among the most engaged posts in Bellator social media history with over 4 millionviews on various social platforms including a record number of video views on      Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
  • The week leading into Bellator 214delivered the second most growth for new followers to Bellator’s social platforms in franchise history.

Payout Perspective:

The numbers should please Bellator execs as the company has seen a decline in their ratings on Paramount in 2018.  The ratings, even though they include DVR ratings should show promise.  But the strong ratings are based on several minutes of viewership as the three featured fights lasted less than a round.  Yet, you could argue that there was strong interest based on the numbers. It also should be noted that the ratings do not include the number of those watching on DAZN.

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