Saturday night on Fox was the highly anticipated rematch that saw Jermell Charlo win back his WBC middleweight belt from Tony Harrison via a 11th round stoppage.
The build up for this feud for this was a fun one with some of the best trash talk in boxing that in my opinion spilled over into the ring as the action was great and can easily be slotted into every Fight of Year conversation.
It also helps that everyone saw this as well.
Jake Donovan of Boxingscene.com had the report Monday that via Nielsen Media Research, Saturday’s edition of PBC on Fox averaging 1.415 million viewers, along with posting a 1.3 metered market rating for the headlining bout.
Those numbers are big as it is tied for the second most-watched boxing telecast of the year. That number matches the March 9 contest that had Shawn Porter defeat Yordenis Ugas, which also aired on free Fox television. It begged me to ask to ask the simple question: Do you want to see a part three of this contest? based on a simple Twitter poll, the answer is yes.
RAPID REACTION: @81merc asked it and it begs the question:
— Marquis Johns (@weaksauceradio) December 22, 2019
I’m all for them to run this one back in 2020, it all depends now where will it land. Charlo stated after the fight that he would like the contest on pay-per-view.
“I know probably a big question is would you do a trilogy?,” Charlo said after the fight. “Take that sh-t to pay-per-view. This could’ve easily been pay-per-view. You know what I mean? And Ontario did great. They showed up. FOX did an amazing job promoting, and all of the things we seen.”
The answer for pay-per-view will get a collective groan from any boxing fan reading this but that is were more money for the fighters is. To give you a comparison, Dan Rafael tweeted Friday via the California State Athletic Commission, Charlo and Harrison earned a combined 1.5 million dollars in purse money for their efforts.
Per California State Athletic Commission, purses for Saturday night’s Premier Boxing Champions on Fox card: Tony Harrison $500k, Jermell Charlo $1M; Efe Ajagba $15k, Iago Kiladze $20k; Karlos Balderas $10k, Rene Tellez Giron $10k; Hugo Centeno Jr. $25k,… https://t.co/G5zTOB24Lw
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) December 21, 2019
Compared that to the last pay-per-view with Errol Spence and Shawn Porter back in September, the purses started at least at 4 million for both. Pay-per-view isn’t going anywhere, and the interest and demand for the third fight will be for this one. Time for us to start saving those holiday gift cards for whenever this trilogy bout takes place.