HBO Scores with Hopkins-Taylor

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HBO Pay-Per-View continued its run of successful PPV-boxing telecasts with the July 16 Bernard Hopkins-Jermain Taylor fight, which generated an unexpected 350,000 buys.

The fight -- in which Taylor beat the former middleweight champion in a controversial close decision -- was the second-best PPV-fight performance of 2005, following HBO PPV’s May 14 Felix Trinidad-Winky Wright fight (510,000 buys) and matching the programmer’s March 19 Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao bout.

The event -- which retailed at a suggested price of $49.95 -- also garnered $17.5 million in PPV revenues.

“In a sport that thrives on great rivalries, another was born between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor,” HBO Sports senior vice president Mark Taffet said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled with the pay-per-view results and look forward to an even more successful rematch.”