Callum Smith @CallumSmith23 has emerged as Matchroom’s breakout attraction on SkySports Fight Nights with viewers tuning in at a rate 143.9% higher for his bout with Hadillah Mohoumadi than they did for his clash with Christopher Rebrasse. Callum’s numbers are just going up – which took some doing considering his previous fight (to Mohoumadi) was a North West derby with Rocky Fielding. When you combine the synergistic forces of Smith’s unquestionable ability; the strength of his promotional backing & the increasing excitement he is generating among fans you realise that this is about as clear an example of a future world champion as you are ever likely to encounter.
Smith is already rated at #3 in the world by Boxrec behind only James DeGale & Gilberto Ramirez – neither of whom he is likely to be facing anytime in the medium term future. No, the WBA’s belt (or one of them) currently held by Giovanni De Carolis of Italy should present the path of least resistance to those steering the Liverpudlian’s career.
Josh Warrington @J_Warrington, similarly, continues to make strides in terms of drawing in more viewers with a career high 126,000 tuning in to watch his win over Hisashi Amagasa up from 70,000 for his fight with Joel Brunker @JoelBrunker.
Eddie Hearn‘s @EddieHearn Matchroom continue to delight their broadcasting partners SkySports with a year to date average increase vs. 2015’s full year number of 9.9% for SkySports Fight Nights @SkySportsBoxing despite Anthony Joshua @anthonyfjoshua no longer appearing on Fight Nights having progressed, one suspects, semi-permanently to PPV only.
SkySports Boxing Viewing Figures
Saturday 16 April 2016 Josh Warrington vs Hisashi Amagasa 126,000 UP 80% from Warrington’s last headlining appearance on SkySport Fight Night.
Saturday 02 April 2016 Hadillah Mohoumadi vs Callum Smith 200,000 UP 8.7% from Callum Smith’s last headlining appearance on SkySport Fight Night & an incredible 143.9% since his fight with Christopher Rebrasse.
Saturday 26 March 2016 Kell Brook @specialkbrook vs Kevin Bizier @jojodan1 151,000
Saturday 05 March 2016 Sam Eggington @eggington_sam vs Bradley Skeete @BradleySkeete 110,000 UP 71.9% from Sam Eggington’s last headlining appearance on SkySport Fight Night.
Saturday 30 January 2016 George Groves @StGeorgeGroves vs Andrea Di Luisa @andreadiluisa 139,000
2016 Average Year to Date: 145,200 [726,000 from 5 broadcasts] Up 9.9% vs. 2015 (Full Year)
Saturday 21 November 2015 Darleys Perez vs Anthony Crolla 2 246,000
Saturday 07 November 2015 Callum Smith vs Rocky Fielding 184,000 UP 124.4% from Callum Smith’s last headlining appearance on SkySport Fight Night.
Saturday 24 October 2015 Chris Eubank Jr vs Tony Jeter 104,000
Saturday 17 October 2015 Sam Eggington vs Dale Evans 64,000
Saturday 19 September 2015 Stephen Smith vs Devis Boschiero 71,000
Saturday 12 September 2015 Anthony Joshua vs Gary Cornish 336,000
Saturday 05 September 2015 Josh Warrington vs Joel Brunker 70,000
Saturday 01 August 2015 Luke Campbell vs Tommy Coyle 210,000
Saturday 18 July 2015 Darleys Perez vs Anthony Crolla 1 108,000
Friday 26 June 2015 Callum Smith vs Christopher Rebrasse 82,000
Saturday 09 May 2015 Sam Eggington vs Joseph Lamptey 124,000 [Anthony Joshua on under-card]
Saturday 11 April 2015 Josh Warrington vs Dennis Tubieron Unknown
Saturday 04 April 2015 Anthony Nelson vs Jamie Wilson 139,000 [Anthony Joshua on under-card]
Saturday 28 March 2015 Kell Brook vs Ionut Dan Ion Unknown
Saturday 07 March 2015 Tommy Coyle vs Martin Gethin 52,000
Saturday 14 February 2015 Brian Rose vs Carson Jones + Prizefighter 68,000
Saturday 31 January 2015 Kevin Mitchell vs Daniel Estrada 124,000
2015 Average: 132,133 [1,982,000 from 15 known broadcasts]