Athletic apparel maker Everlast Worldwide Inc has signed a licensing agreement with Russian sporting goods supplier Sparta Ltd.

Under the deal, St Petersburg-based Sparta will produce Everlast-branded retail boxing equipment, as well as aerobics, weightlifting and martial arts products, for the Russian market.

The range will be distributed through sporting goods outlets and better department stores.

"This agreement with Sparta is a great step in our international expansion and enhances our position in the significant worldwide boxing/fitness market," Everlast CEO George Horowitz said.

"In addition to a quality commitment, Sparta possesses strong marketing, design, sourcing and distribution capabilities and will continue Everlast's tradition of producing high quality, durable and functional products."

Sparta managing director Konstantin Jung added that Everlast enjoyed "an enormous degree of consumer awareness" throughout the Russian Federation.