Vences v De Leon tops Valdez v Quigg in ratings war on successful Top Rank on ESPN broadcast

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The Oscar Valdez v Scott Quigg telecast on ESPN now includes two of 2018’s top five highest-rated fights on cable television.

Valdez defeated Quigg in unanimous decision to defend his WBO Featherweight Title, whilst Andy Vences vs. Erick De Leon was the top boxing telecast of the night.

Last night's Top Rank on ESPN action saw Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) retain his WBO featherweight title against Quigg while fighting under a canopy at the rainy StubHub Center, the famed outdoor boxing venue in Carson, Calif. south of downtown Los Angeles.

The telecast includes two of 2018’s top five highest-rated fights on cable television in 2018, according to preliminary audience results from Nielsen. The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight aired live and exclusively on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and streamed live on the ESPN App.

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Last night’s telecast was the highest-rated of the three Top Rank on ESPN telecasts in 2018. Last night’s Top Rank on ESPN featured two of the five highest-rated fights on cable television in 2018.

The main event featuring Valdez vs. Quigg averaged a 0.7 metered market rating, while the co-main event featuring undefeated junior lightweights Andy Vences vs. Erick De Leon averaged a 0.8 metered market rating.

Top Boxing Overnight Ratings on Cable Television 2018 (By Fight)

Rank

Date

Network

Fight

Metered Market Rating

   

1

03/10/2018

ESPN

VENCES vs. DE LEON

0.8

   

1

03/03/2018

SHOWTIME

WILDER vs. ORTIZ

0.8

   

3

03/10/2018

ESPN

VALDEZ vs. QUIGG

0.7

   

3

01/27/2018

HBO

MATTHYSSE vs. KIRAM

0.7

   

3

03/03/2018

HBO

KOVALEV vs. MIKHALKIN

0.7

 

The next Top Rank on ESPN is this Saturday, March 17 and features top-rated contenders José Ramírez and Amir “Young Man” Imam fighting for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight world title. Ramirez vs. Imam will headline a St. Patrick's Day at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The event also features Irish Olympian Michael Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s), from Belfast, who begins his sophomore professional year exactly where he started his freshman year — at The Garden.

The Ramirez vs. Imam world championship event will live and exclusively at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and stream live on the ESPN App at 6 p.m. ET.

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