Katie Taylor’s masterful Undisputed Lightweight World Title defense against Miriam Gutierrez at The SSE Arena, Wembley drew more than 2 million views across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Sky Sports made the historic World Title triple-header, featuring Terri Harper and Rachel Ball, available to all customers and non-subscribers alike via multiple digital platforms, including their YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website.
The fight generated more than 1.5 million views on Facebook, 550k on Sky Sports’ YouTube live stream, and across Sky Sports’ website and apps, there were 227k views, with over 600k viewers on Sky Sports’ TV platform, making it a bumper night for new audiences.
As part of Sky Sports’ commitment to women’s sport – first announced back in March – the move came intending to ensure elite women’s sport is more widely available to the public by increasing its existing coverage and strengthening its digital output.
Irish star Taylor looked phenomenal as she completely outclassed her WBA mandatory challenger in the evening’s main event, dropping the tough Spaniard in the fourth round on route to a unanimous decision that improved her unbeaten record to 17-0.
In the night, Denaby’s WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight ruler Harper stopped Norway’s Katharina Thanderz in nine rounds to retain her belts. Ball picked up the Interim WBC Super-Bantamweight World Title by outpointing Argentina’s Jorgelina Guanini.
Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn said: “What a night and what a monumental moment on Saturday. This huge audience got to see a great night of boxing and a performance of pound-for-pound quality. We have made tremendous strides in women’s boxing, but the job is still only half done. Together with these great athletes, we will continue to push the boundaries.”
Adam Smith, Sky Sports’ Head of Boxing Development, said: “We’re thrilled with the fantastic viewing figures, on all platforms, for a truly momentous evening of women’s title fights, topped by Katie Taylor’s masterful performance.
“Rachel Ball produced a fantastic win, the launchpad for her to pursue World Titles, while Terri Harper was composed and clinical in her defense of the WBC Super-Featherweight belt. It was then Katie Taylor’s time to produce a punch perfect display. Simply dazzling.
“Katie is an unbelievable ambassador for the sport, and we decided to stream her historic fight night for free, a sign of our long-term commitment to women’s sport with Matchroom. We’ve started something special as we continue to showcase the best talent in women’s boxing on Sky Sports.”