Thompson Boxing Promotions streams along
Tonight from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing Promotions returns with “Path to Glory,” headlined by Manuel Mendez, who takes on Mohamed Rodriguez. Like their card on May 19, this show is being streamed at ThompsonBoxing.com and on Facebook Live.
”It was terrific. We were expecting a decent amount of people but actually it was better than what we thought,” said Alex Camponovo, the general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing, on the viewership for their first official foray into streaming their long-running series. “Overall, in that three-plus hours that we had that night, we had over 113,000 viewers. Along with the last two fights, we had over 47,000 and, the good thing about all this is the analytics, you can see it live as it’s streaming.”
This played in Peoria and all over the world.
“We reached out to people all over the place: the Middle East, Mexico, Australia. We reached people in Europe, so it was a great experience and we’re going to keep on doing it for each of our shows and stream them live,” stated Camponovo, who mentioned that they have a hard next Saturday night in Sacramento.
For a company like Thompson Boxing, which has had regional television deals in the past with networks like FOX Deportes, it changes the dynamic of their business.
“Yeah, absolutely. We can now have the ability to now give our guys their own platform; they’re seen. It even works for the opponents. We’ve had kids who have come from away and we’ve seen those numbers spike, those people who want to watch and follow at the venue,” said Camponovo, who has been with Thompson Boxing since its inception in 2001. The Doubletree Hotel ballroom sits just over a 1,000 patrons. Now they’ve essentially added thousands of ringside seats with this modern technology.
“It definitely changed the spectrum for us completely,” continued Camponovo. “The vision is obviously to try and be able to reach as many people as possible and we’re going to be able to do so with this.”
In the past Olympic cycle, Thompson Boxing – which, in the past has developed Tim Bradley, Mauricio Herrera and Josesito Lopez – signed highly-regarded prospects Michael Dutchover (who is on the card tonight) and Ruben Villa. They will now be seen more readily as they climb up the ladder. “Especially for the fact that, more and more days, we have less and less television shows and outlets. It definitely gives us the opportunity to show them the numbers and the fact that they’re not only going to be able to grow a fan-base – because, as you know, 90 percent of our fights are local from Southern California,” pointed out Camponovo.
“They’re going to be able to grow their fan-base locally but also domestically and internationally. So it will help us as another tool that will help us attract those fighters that are looking to be exposed.”
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