Cotto vs. Trout drew 1.4 million viewers on Showtime; Prescott vs. Walters
NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2012)-Saturday night’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast of Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout on SHOWTIME® earned record viewership for boxing on the premium network in two categories. The three-fight telecast drew an average audience of 1.047 million viewers, the highest since 2004 when Nielsen began to separately measure premium television multiplex channels. The main event, Cotto vs. Trout, peaked at nearly 1.4 million viewers, the highest peak on record since 2009 when data on viewership for individual bouts first became available.
The first replay of Saturday’s record-setting, three-fight telecast will air tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and is available at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND.
In a dramatic contest that featured swings in momentum for both men, Austin Trout defeated Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision in front of 13,000+ at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 1. Cotto, the very popular Puerto Rican star, came into the fight with a more accomplished resume than Trout. Cotto was 7-0 at MSG, 37-3, with 30 KOs overall and entering his 21st consecutive world title fight. Trout had never fought at the famed New York arena and entered the ring undefeated in his relatively obscure career at 25-0. Trout scored what many consider a significant upset to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight World Championship and hand the legendary Cotto his first loss at Madison Square Garden.
Epilogue, the second of two episodes of ALL ACCESS: Cotto vs. Trout premieres Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, immediately prior to the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast featuring Amir Khan and Carlos Molina. Epilogue takes viewers behind the scenes of the Cotto vs. Trout fight week build-up and offers a rare glimpse into the raw emotion and drama during Saturday’s world championship event and its aftermath.
Cotto vs. Trout at Madison Square Garden was promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions.
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS – PRESCOTT VS. WALTERS – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
Orange, CA (December 4) – Quick-fisted Colombian Daulis Prescott finally gets his chance for a crack at the world championship when he fights Jamaica’s undefeated Nicholas Walters this Saturday, December 8. The two featherweights will battle it out as the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Association title and in an effort to deliver a worthy message: “KO to drugs”. The WBA “KO Drugs” campaign transmits the message to the boxing world and to society as a whole. Included in the campaign is a 5K/10K race. Beyond KOing drugs the campaign aims to elevate moral values in our home,” said Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA excecutive vice president.
The KO Drugs Festival is held each year in different countries, normally with a boxing card. This year events took place in Peru and Venezuela and another is scheduled for Jamaica on December 8. The idea of the race emerged as a way to do something different, but with the same purpose: to help fight the scourge of drugs.
Daulis Prescott (26-1, 19 KOs), who is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, travels to Kingston, Jamaica’s National Indoor Centre to challenge the hometown hero Nicholas Walters (21-0, 17 KOs).
Prescott, 26, has been honing his craft in the Southern California boxing gyms against some of the toughest boxers in the Southland. The Colombian native is the younger brother of Breidis Prescott, and like his brother, packs a serious wallop.
Last August, Prescott easily out boxed Saul Morales in a six round featherweight bout in Corona, Calif. Morales had only lost once in a dozen fights but was unable to match the speed and skill of Prescott who won every round on all three judges score cards.
Walters, 26, was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, but has fought many times outside of his country; primarily in Panama. His last win took place in Panama City where he stopped Gustavo Sandoval in four rounds this past July.
Thompson Boxing Promotions like Prescott’s chances and eagerly await the native of Barranquilla to return with the world title belt in hand. The Southern California promotion company recently had another world champion from Colombia named Yonnhy Perez who has since retired.
Is Prescott the next world champion from Colombia? With only four days to go before the true champion is unveiled, the countdown begins.