Fight Sports' OTT subscription service launched in MENA ahead of Ruiz-Joshua II
CSI Sports, the New York-based fight sports production and distribution company that owns the Fight Sports channel, has today launched FightSportsMax.tv, its subscription digital service in the Middle East and North Africa.
The service will go live tomorrow for the highly-anticipated world heavyweight boxing title fight between champion Andy Ruiz of Mexico and the UK’s Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
FightSportsMax.tv will also carry all build-up programming for the event including the open workouts, press conferences and weigh-ins.
Fight Sports holds exclusive rights to the fight across the Middle East and Africa through a deal with the Skill Challenge Entertainment Establishment, the Saudi Arabia-based sports and entertainment agency.
FightSportsMax.tv will stream the fight in 19 MENA countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It will be priced at $5 in the Middle East and under $3 in North Africa.
Across Africa, the fight will also be shown on Fight Sports' newly-launched channel on the OpenView platform of e.tv, the free-to-air broadcaster based in South Africa.
The fight, marketed as the ‘Clash of the Dunes’, is a rematch after Ruiz sensationally defeated the previously unbeaten Joshua to win the IBF, WBA (Super), WBO and IBO world titles in New York in June.
Aside from Joshua-Ruiz, subscribers to FightSportsMax.tv will this month have exclusive access to the WBC super welterweight world title rematch between Jermell Charlo and Tony Harrison on 21 December and the WBA lightweight world championship bout between the undefeated Gervonta Davis and Olympic gold medallist and former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa on 28 December.