The Big Drama Show for Gennady Golovkin was an afternoon hit on HBO. After drawing well for most of 2014, one of HBO’s franchise fighters delivered a viewership of 862,000 viewers against Martin Murray. The telecast peaked at 938,000 viewers combining with its night time viewership generated almost 1.44 million viewers, according to Nielsen Research.
HBO was live from the event in Monte Carlo, and it did much better than HBO’s last afternoon broadcast between Carl Froch and George Groves that did about 700,000 viewers.
In the bout, Golovkin dropped Murray twice in route to a stoppage in the 11th round.
Golovkin’s next bout will likely be in May or June. Already proven to be the network’s non pay-per-view franchise fighter, Golovkin is seeking the big fights to bring him to superstardom. He wants Miguel Cotto, even saying he’d be ready in June for Cotto. His trainer Abel Sanchez said they would be willing to be the C-side taking short money on a Cotto pay-per-view.
However if Cotto goes another route, Golovkin may have to wait for the second half of the year to land a big fight with either Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, or even Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who recently called out Golovkin on social media.
Both Alvarez and Chavez have fight scheduled. So if Golovkin doesn’t get Cotto, he’ll just have to keep winning and shaming fighters to either drop the belts or get in the ring with him.