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Notes: Wilder's viewership drops substantially

In his most recent fight, heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder stopped Artur Szpilka in the ninth round. Ed DIller/DiBella Entertainment

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder's spectacular ninth-round knockout of Artur Szpilka last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was not much of a draw for Showtime. According to Nielsen Media Research, the fight averaged 500,000 viewers and peaked at 623,000, a massive drop from his previous title bouts. Granted, it was on against an overtime NFL playoff game but the loss of viewers from his other three title bouts was rather stunning. When Wilder won the belt on the same Saturday night a year earlier against Bermane Stiverne it averaged 1.24 million viewers and peaked at 1.34 million, one of Showtime's best figures in several years. Wilder's ninth-round knockout of Eric Molina in June, also on Showtime, dropped to an average of 678,000. His 11th-round knockout of Johann Duhaupas in September averaged 2.179 million on NBC in prime time. Last Saturday's Showtime co-feature, heavyweight Charles Martin's third-round TKO of Vyacheslav Glazkov to win a vacant title, averaged 437,000 viewers and peaked at 500,000.

• Junior featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (13-0, 7 KOs), cousin of his promoter, Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya, will make his 2016 debut against Arturo Badillo (21-9, 19 KOs) on Feb. 19 in the main event of "Boxeo Estrellar" (Estrella TV) at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. "Diego De La Hoya had a phenomenal year in 2015 and in 2016 I think we will see him continue to rise in the sport and become a top contender," Oscar De La Hoya said. "Diego has had strong numbers for his televised fights, which is a great indication that the fans love him and will want to see more of him in the ring this year."

• Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr.'s All Star Boxing kicks off its slate of 12 live fight cards on Spanish-language network Telemundo on Feb. 26 at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida, as junior bantamweight Miguel Cartagena (14-2, 5 KOs) faces Ricardo Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs) in a 10-round bout. There will also be editions of "Boxeo Telemundo" on March 4, March 11 and March 18 followed by a break before another set of dates this summer.