Boxing fans in the UAE will be able to watch the world heavyweight title clash between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a streaming service set to be launched in the region ahead of the event.
American multimedia company CSI Sports is set to launch a SVoD service called Fight Sports Max in the MENA region and will carry the broadcast rights in the UAE and 18 other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Matchroom Boxing, the chief promotional company for the boxing event billed as 'Clash on the Dunes', confirmed to The National that Fight Sports Max will be the official broadcaster in the Emirates.
To access the coverage, users will need to register for a subscription on the Fight Sports Max website or by downloading the Fight Sports Max app.
Subscriptions will cost $5 (Dh18.40) and will provide build-up coverage, including the open workouts and weigh-ins, and live streaming of the event taking place at Diriyah Arena.
There had been confusion over how the boxing event would be viewed in the UAE, with streaming service DAZN and Sky Sports Box Office the leading broadcasters for the United States, United Kingdom and other countries in Europe and Asia.
Joshua will be aiming to bounce back from the shock defeat to Ruiz in their first match on June 1 when Mexican-American sensationally stopped his British opponent in the seventh round to claim the IBF, WBO, and WBA titles.
The ring walks for the main event are expected to begin at 12.45am Sunday morning UAE time.