Yesterday Japanese fans in the Kanto region had the chance to see a world title triple header on TV Tokyo, with both Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一] and Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] retaining their titles in one sided bouts. The broadcast was, unfortunately, shown on tape delay and created some negativity, and frustration, due to the tape delay. Despite that frustration the broadcast was an outstanding success.
The average viewing figure for the broadcast was 7.8% in Kanto, a figure of around 3.3 million viewers. That's more than twice as many viewers as the recently Gennady Golovkin fight drew on HBO.
For the main event the number shot up, to a staggering 10.1%, around 4.3 million viewers.
Despite the result for the main event being known, and despite the obvious annoyance, it appears that the shock of Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] losing his world title drew in fans in their droves with many feeling that it was something they had to see to believe.
Whilst we're very much against tape delay coverage of fights we must admit that TV Tokyo showing this on delay almost certainly caused an increase in viewership. Interestingly the New Year card on the same channel, headlined by the same the same fighters, only drew 3.7% in Kanto.
(Image courtesy of TV Tokyo)
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