In another first for Namibian boxing, South African broadcasting giant SuperSport yesterday officially announced a deal with the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy for exclusive broadcasting rights to the Paulus Ambunda vs Jason Cooper IBO Super Bantamweight world title fight on Saturday night.
As the biggest African broadcaster of major sporting events around the world, SuperSport has promised to make a remarkable boxing live broadcast debut, as this weekend they strive to relay the Namibian boxing story to millions of viewers around the world, with live feeds across Africa and Australia.
The live broadcast for Saturday’s Dream On Boxing Bonanza, which will be headlined by Ambunda’s title defense fight against Cooper, will start at exactly 19h00 on SuperSport Select channel 233 and on GOtv’s SuperSport Select channel 30.
Speaking at the official conclusion of the agreement in the capital yesterday, MultiChoice Namibia general manager Roger Gertze said the agreement marks the beginning of a new chapter in Namibian boxing, as the deal will not only be limited to live broadcasts, but will also put emphasis on promoting and adding value to the exceptional quality of boxers the country has on offer.
As for the lucrative part of the long-awaited deal, MTC’s chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Tim Ekandjo, informed the media that the deal is still in its infancy and thus both parties decided to go for a “barter agreement”, which will mainly focus on promoting Namibian boxing and opening doors for future cooperation, rather than putting emphasis on the financial gains that come with such a huge deal.
The live broadcast will not only be limited to the main bout of the night, but will also cover a total of four mouth-watering undercard fights, featuring top stars such as Tyson Uushona, Prince Naidjala, Sacky ‘Izinyoka’ Shikukutu, Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kautondokwa and Jeremiah Nakathila.
Tickets are available at all Computicket outlets, Shoprite and Checkers stores countrywide. General tickets cost N$100, VIP tickets N$500 while a VVIP table seating ten (10) people cost N$ 10 000.
SuperSport is a South African group of television channels owned by Multichoice and carried on the DStv satellite platform. It provides sports content in Africa and beyond.