Fabio Wardley and Frazier Clarke Smash Sky Sports Boxing Viewership Records!

04/03/2024 - No comments

Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke’s heavyweight showdown shook the foundations of British boxing, drawing a colossal audience on Sky Sports this Easter Sunday. The clash, tagged ‘Bad Blood’, saw these undefeated titans locked in an unforgettable twelve-round war, hailed as a historic moment in British heavyweight boxing.

Staging the spectacle at London’s O2 Arena, the event captured the gaze of 746,000 peak viewers, with an average of 438,000 fans glued to the screens throughout the four-hour broadcast, and a staggering reach exceeding 1.7 million souls.

This monumental viewership ranks the Wardley-Clarke fray as the fifth most-watched bout on Sky Sports over the past decade, trailing only behind iconic fights such as Eubank-Williams and Taylor-Catterall, and marking it the top draw in the heavyweight division.

In the lead-up, Sky Sports set the stage with top-notch coverage, including a charged confrontation on ‘The Gloves Are Off’ and an intimate glimpse into the gladiators’ camps in ‘Behind The Ropes’.

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The undercard didn’t disappoint, delivering explosive encounters like Chris Kongo’s triumph over Florian Marku, Viddal Riley’s defense of his English Cruiserweight crown against Mikael Lawal, and Ben Whittaker’s commanding victory over Leon Wilings, among others.

BOXXER’s commander-in-chief, Ben Shalom, and Sky Sports’ rights strategist, Rob Selmes, both lauded the event’s success and the indomitable spirit of the fighters, spotlighting the burgeoning interest in boxing across the UK and Ireland.

The year has already been lit up by jaw-dropping matches including Jonas-Mayer and Buatsi-Azeez. The anticipation builds as the calendar marches towards May 11th, when Lauren Price is set to challenge Jessica McCaskill for the Welterweight World Titles in Cardiff.

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