Taylor-Hopkins Pulls 410K PPV Buys

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Home Box Office’s pay-per-view division finished its 2005 boxing campaign on a high note Saturday, generating a better-than-expected 410,000 buys for its Dec. 2 Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins championship middleweight fight.

The $49.95 event -- in which Taylor won a unanimous decision over Hopkins to retain his title -- generated $20.9 million in PPV revenue, according to HBO executives.

The event capped a knockout year in which HBO PPV generated 2.6 million buys for six boxing events in 2005.

The Hopkins-Taylor results came on the heels of an announcement earlier this week that the HBO premium service will telecast up to 14 World Championship Boxing events in 2006, up from 10 broadcast dates in 2005. The network will also air monthly Boxing After Dark cards, more than double the skein’s five 2005 telecasts.