Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s, 35-0 (32KO’s), second round destruction of Mandatory Challenger Dominic Wade, 18-1-0 (12KO’s) this past Saturday night was the most watched HBO boxing event in 2016 with 1,325,000 viewers.
“We’re very happy with these ratings for Gennady which have continued to see extraordinary growth since his first fight on HBO in September 2012,” said Tom Loeffler. “As he continues to sell-out arenas in America and garner the top sponsorships in boxing with the JORDAN Brand, Apple, Tecate, Bijan and Samsung, among others, it’s clear that Gennady is one of the most marketable fighters in the world.”
“Selling out arenas in New York City and Los Angeles is very rare for a boxer, but Gennady continues to transcend the sport of boxing as he crosses over to the mainstream.”
Golovkin’s victory over Wade took place in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,353 at the Fabulous Forum, the highest selling boxing event in the storied history of the Fabulous Forum and the highest in California in the last seven years. Along with his previous two fights in Los Angeles, Golovkin has now sold 38,408 tickets in his adopted home of California, by far the most of any other boxer over the same period.
Additionally, Golovkin’s knockout victory of David Lemieux on October 17, 2015 drew a sell-out at Madison Square Garden of 20,548 boxing fans. As at MSG, Golovkin broke the merchandise record for a boxing event at the Fabulous Forum with over $100,000 sold to his adoring fans.
The knockout of Wade was Golovkin’s 16th world title defense and his 22nd straight knockout victory. He retained his WBA/IBF/IBO and WBC “Interim” Middleweight Titles.
In the co-main event on Saturday night, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 45-0 (38KO’s), defended his WBC Flyweight Championship with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over world ranked McWilliams Arroyo, 16-3-0 (14KO’s). The victory by the Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter drew 1,001,000 viewers, making it the fourth highest rated HBO fight in 2016.
“Roman performed in spectacular fashion and with this rating proved that he is more than capable of headlining his own show,” said Loeffler. “We look forward to working with HBO and Mr. Honda of Teikin Promotions on putting together his next world title defense.”