Digital TV operator StarTimes has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for Bob Arum’s Top Rank boxing events.
Top Rank, one of the world’s premiere boxing promotions company has promoted many world-class fighters, including Muhammad Ali, Alexis Argüello, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Durán, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Marvin Hagler, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
, Erik Morales, Thomas Hearns, Paulie Ayala, Iran Barkley, Michael Carbajal, Larry Holmes, Ray Mancini, Carlos Monzón, Terry Norris, Gabriel Ruelas, Rafael Ruelas, James Toney and Tyson Fury.
Top Rank also has former World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe on its books.
In October 2018, Dogboe signed a long-term agreement with Top Rank which guaranteed the Ghanaian a minimum of three fights per year.
Combat channels Top Rank is joining a long list of premium combat sport events broadcast on ST Sports Arena channel number 241 as well as on the other sport channels exclusive to StarTimes.
A StarTimes statement said these events include top boxing bouts held by WBO, WBA, and WBC and IBF as well as several mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions.
Cage Warriors is Europe’s leading and longest-running mixed martial arts promotion.
It is the sport’s fastest-growing organization and has been home to some of biggest stars of MMA’s past and present, including Conor McGregor.
One Championship is the leading Asian MMA event, quickly becoming a global powerhouse.
Today, the very best fighting talents and prospects in Asia ply their trade in the fabled ONE cage, including 10 World Champions that represent the very pinnacle of the game.
This includes global superstar athletes such as Angela Lee, Bibiano Fernandes, Eduard Folayang, Ben Askren, and Brandon Vera.
Fight Nights Global (FNG) is a Russian mixed martial arts organization that previously hosted K-1 and other martial arts events.
It features the top-ranking fighters of the sport.
The company's shows featured Fedor Emelianenko, Batu Khasikov and many other eminent mixed martial artists.
Glory is the world's premier kickboxing league.
It signed most of the world's top kickboxers such as Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghi??, Albert Kraus, Giorgio Petrosyan, and Yoshihiro Sato.
StarTimes also broadcasts the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) is an annual boxing tournament and brings the ‘best of the best’ fighters together to compete at venues around the world for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, named in honour of the “Greatest of all time”, Muhammad Ali.
Kristen Miao, StarTimes Sport Director, said: “StarTimes is committed to bringing the widest and richest combat sports offering into Sub-Saharan Africa.
Combat sports are among the most popular sports in Africa and we looking to give the best experience to our subscribers.
To this end, we will continue to enlarge our portfolio with premium events such as Top Rank’s.