At the end of 2014 Japanese boxing fans had a real treat with a trio of major televised shows. Those shows may not have set new viewing figures but they did hit millions of households in what was proof, once again, that boxing on free-to-air TV can work, especially when the bouts involve big names and good match ups.
The first of those shows came on 30th December when Ohashi put on a great card on Fuji TV. This card, oddly, has 2 figures for it. The better figure is 8.3%, that was how many people tuned in to watch Olympic champion Ryota Murata (6-0, 4) in his bout against Jessie Nicklow. In terms of raw numbers that's around 10.5 million people tuning in to see the Middleweight hopeful, who put in a less than thrilling effort. The other figure that we've seen for the show, was for the bout that saw Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) destroy Argentinian veteran Omar Andres Narvaes and claim the WBO Super Flyweight title. That figure was 7.6% of the population, or around 9.6 million viewers, an incredibly number that was likely diminished some what by just how quickly Inoue took out Narvaez.
The following day featured a pair of televised shows.
The most successful of those was the TBS televised card which featured Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19) fighting against Guillermo Rigondeaux and Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 10) fighting against Jean Piero Perez. This card got an amazing 9.0% of the audience, which we've been told was around 11 million, not the widely reported 30 million. For 30 million the channel would have had to have had around around 24% on the viewing population.
The other show, televised on TV Tokyo, saw a trio of Watanabe fighters in world title fights with the main event being a bout featuring Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18). This show got an audience share of 5.6%, a solid figure considering that it was being aired at the same time as the TBS card, which hard a much more attractive main event. In terms of raw numbers that would give the TV Tokyo card a figure of around 7 million viewers.
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