The fight action – under the Prime Video Presents Live Boxing umbrella exclusively in Japan – debuts on 29 December with the middleweight unification super fight between Japan’s WBA Super Champion Ryōta Murata and Kazakhstan’s IBF World Champion Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin.
“For decades, boxing has been one of the premier sports in Japan,” commented Top Rank President, Todd duBoef. “It is a pleasure partnering with Teiken Promotions to bring the biggest stars to launch live boxing programming on Amazon Prime Video in Japan.”
The organisation claims that the Murata-Golovkin fight, which will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, is one of the most ‘highly anticipated’ boxing events to take place on Japanese soil.
Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), from Tokyo, became a ‘sporting icon’ in his home nation after winning a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
“Over the last few years, Prime Video has become the go-to destination for world-class entertainment in Japan,” noted Takashi Kodama, Country Director, Prime Video Japan. “We are thrilled to now add live sports to our content selection.
“Prime members in Japan will be able to enjoy the fight of the year between our national hero Ryōta Murata and Gennadiy Golovkin on Prime Video at no additional cost to their Prime membership. We are happy to make this collaboration with Top Rank and Teiken Promotions for our first live sport offering in Japan.”
Earlier this year, Sky Sports bolstered its boxing coverage in the UK and Ireland after securing deals with promotions Top Rank and Boxxer.
This saw the platform serve as the home for Top Rank’s US events in the UK and Ireland, with the deal seeing at least 18 international fight nights – and almost 100 hours of boxing – per year screened by the pay-television broadcaster.