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Alberto Machado’s comeback, upset eighth-round knockout of Jezreel Corrales to win a vacant junior lightweight title in the HBO-televised main event Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York averaged just 545,000 viewers for the live broadcast, peaking at 595,000, according to Nielsen Media Research. It is among the least viewed live main events in HBO history, which shouldn’t be a surprise given the low-profile promotion of the show, the fact that it was not a compelling fight on paper and it competed with all sorts of other live sports programming, including major college football games and the Astros-Yankees ALCS game. In fact, Machado-Corrales was one of the rare times in HBO history when the undercard fights drew more viewers than the main event. Demetrius Andrade’s middleweight debut, a one-sided rout of Alantez Fox, in the co-feature averaged 613,000 viewers, peaking at 685,000. The opener, Ryan Burnett’s decision over Zhanat Zhakiyanov in a bantamweight unification bout, which aired on a few hours’ tape delay from Belfast, Northern Ireland, averaged 576,000 viewers, peaking at 618,000.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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