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Hopkins-Kovalev a viewership hit

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Despite starting at about midnight on the East Coast, Saturday night’s light heavyweight title unification fight between Bernard Hopkins, one of boxing’s most well-known fighters, and Sergey Kovalev, one of the sport’s fastest rising stars, still delivered a strong viewership number.

Sergey Kovalev defeated Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision to defend his WBO light heavyweight title.

The bout averaged 1.328 million viewers for HBO’s live first-time airing, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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