Kovalev-Pascal pulls in 1.2 million viewers

Per Nielsen, Saturday’s epic clash on HBO between IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former champ Jean Pascal peaked at 1.2 million viewers. That number would have been higher if viewers didn’t have to sit through 22 rounds of sleep-inducing prelims that even had the HBO announcers cringing. The full card averaged 956,000. Kovalev’s previous HBO appearance against Bernard Hopkins last November peaked at nearly 1.4 million, so “The Krusher” is deservingly getting to be a big star in boxing.

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