Right about now, ESPN is glad it purchased The Contender 2. The rematch between season one’s finalists was “the highest-rated boxing match on ESPN since 1998, and the most viewed telecast on either ESPN or ESPN2 since 1997,” Mediaweek reports.
About 1.2 million households tuned in, and the show had “a 2.2 rating among men 18-34, highest rating in that demo for boxing in more than 10 years.” ESPN VP Ron Semaio said in a statement, “Saturday night’s ratings performance represents a genuine interest by our viewers and boxing enthusiasts for The Contender storyline and high-level competition in general.”
Meanwhile, Peter Manfredo, Jr., talks to 15rounds.com about the fight, and says that he won the fight. Is there a possiblity of another rematch? “The world seen me beat him, but would I fight him again? I’ll fight anybody, if that’s what people want to see then that’s what I will do,” Peter said. “I know one thing, I won’t fight him in California again, that’s for sure.”
He also shares with us his conversation with Sergio immediately after the fight:
“You think you won that fight?, he said, ‘yea yea, I won that fight,’ I replied, ‘ Get the fuck out of here,’ and that’s when I started hearing all of the boo’s. I thought it was because of that. I said to him, ‘You know you didn’t win that fight, and he replied, ‘yea I won that fight,’ so I said ‘FUCK YOU, you didn’t win that fight.’”
Peter Manfredo, Jr., Talks About the Controversial Decision [15rounds.com]